Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has developed a new metal Additive Manufacturing system aimed at the jewellery industry. In comparison with other commercially available systems, ITRI claims that its 3D metal printer can reduce costs by 50%.
The new system developed by ITRI has a build area of 10 cm3, achieving precision of 50 µm (equal to the radius of a human hair) and a density of approximately 99%. Its products made of titanium alloy powder have a claimed tensile strength of 950 Mpa and above.
Tongtai Machine & Tool Co., S-Tec Corp. and Chia Yi Steel Corp. are expected to work with ITRI to commercialise the system. The projected goal is for an integrated production platform with a price tag of less than NT$10 million ($325,000).
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