Uprise 3D Technology Co Ltd, based in Shenzhen, China, is an Additive Manufacturing company established in 2017 by graduates of the Powder Metallurgy Research Institute of Central South University. Based on technology developed in 2015 whilst at the university, Uprise 3D has continued to advance its metal and ceramic Material Extrusion (MEX) process and now offers a range of Additive Manufacturing machines and material options suited to prototyping, tooling and manufacturing applications.
Under Professor Xiong Xiang, a renowned material scientist at the university, the founders of the company, Wu Min and Liu Ye, developed a MEX process they named Powder Extrusion Printing (PEP). The process is a combination of AM and Metal Injection Moulding (MIM), where pellets are extruded to form a green part that is subsequently debound and sintered to form a final component.
After several years of development, with the support of angel funding, Uprise 3D has more than thirty patents and its machines are now in their third generation. In addition to metal and ceramic feedstock pellets for its AM machines, the company is also now also offering metal and ceramic filament for Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) machines.
The company’s newest AM machine, the UPS-250, incorporates two independent nozzles and can extrude metal or ceramic materials to form complex structures, combining two different metals, two different ceramics or a metal and a ceramic to form a composite part. The UPS-250 has a build plate of 250×250×250 mm and a deposition speed of 10-100 mm/s.
The UPS-250 can extrude layers of between 0.05 and 0.3 mm, with a nozzle diameter of between 0.3 and 0.8 mm. For convenience, it incorporates an automatic feeding configuration and automatic nozzle cleaning operation.
Uprise 3D offers 316L and 17-4PH stainless steels, along with copper and a zirconium oxide ceramic option for its machines.