Tritone Technologies, Tel Aviv, Israel, has announced a collaboration with DSH Technologies, Cedar Grove, New Jersey, USA, in an effort to accelerate the adoption of Tritone’s MoldJet technology. Under the recently launched Furnace-Access programme, Tritone customers will have access to Elnik sintering furnaces and metallurgy expertise, with no upfront capital investment or additional staffing required.
Sinter-based metal Additive Manufacturing technologies, such as MoldJet, are said to have the potential to reduce part costs and drive industry growth. However, the capital expenses needed for a high-capacity industrial sintering furnace is a barrier to entry for some prospects. DSH will address this by functioning as a complete outsourced sintering department, with equipment, staff, and quality reporting.
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“Our collaboration with Tritone started with them shipping hundreds of green parts from Israel to our plants in the USA and Germany,” stated Stefan Joens, VP, DSH Technologies. “The strength and durability of the MoldJet green parts were very similar to the MIM parts we have processed for years at DSH. They survived shipping from half-way across the world and fit right into our standard workflow. DSH started to serve this need across the MIM and Additive Industries and the Tritone partnership is a natural fit. We’re excited to support Tritone and its customers”
The Furnace-Access programme is intended to allow customers to match their investment timeline and learning curve to their business ramp rate. Programme members also have direct access to DSH’s metallurgical expertise. Members can outsource their sintering as a long-term strategy or can transition to owning and operating their own equipment as demand grows.
“Tritone’s use of DSH sintering services over the years in the US and Europe has been a home run success,” added Ben Arnold, VP Business Development NA, Tritone. “We have proven that MoldJet green parts can be shipped and processed reliably by a third party. This is an important competitive advantage our customers can leverage to get started and to level their furnace loading as they grow.”
Specialised metal work processes like heat treating and Hot Isostatic Pressing have been outsourced for decades; Tritone intends to put metal Additive Manufacturing sintering into this category with its MoldJet technology. Using an outsource service relationship for sintering is an option many companies can consider to reduce risks when entering the metal Additive Manufacturing market.