When it comes to using Additive Manufacturing to develop functional prototypes of metal and ceramic parts, Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) is rapidly becoming a fast and cost-effective option. To meet the growing demand for such applications, furnace specialist, Xerion Berlin Laboratories GmbH, Berlin, Germany, has developed a complete manufacturing system for the FFF of prototype and small series metal and ceramic components.
In an exclusive article published in the latest edition of Powder Injection Moulding International magazine, Xerion highlights its unique FFF modular system, which includes an FFF printer, solvent debinding unit and high-temperature furnace. Dr Uwe Lohse and colleagues explain how this offers PIM producers, in particular, a technologically sophisticated solution for the production of PIM-like prototype and small series parts.
The main advantages of using the FFF process include freedom from the tooling costs associated with MIM and CIM, cost-effectiveness when compared to other metal AM processes, short production times and more. However, one factor that has held back the industrial use of the process is that no complete system has been available to date; individual pieces of equipment had to be purchased from different manufacturers.