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HK3D Introduces a New Metal 3D Printer to the UK for less than £90,000

28 February 2017

HK Technologies has been revolutionising the machine tool industry for over 60 years now, this appetite for innovation has more recently seen the company lead the manufacturing industry in 3D printing. Now, the Rugby based company is taking 3D evolution a step further with the new Metal X 3D printing machine from Markforged.

Unlike existing 3D print technology, the new Metal X from USA based Markforged uses a groundbreaking new printing process that has the unparalleled benefits of rapid material changeovers, health and safety benefits from the elimination of powder consumption and a price entry point below £90,000; something unheard of in the metal-printing sector. All this is backed by expert service, support, training and consumable sourcing from HK3D.

The new Metal X machine introduces a new Atomic Diffusion Additive Manufacturing (ADAM) process that prints parts using a bound metal powder rod that transforms into a dense metal part in one easy step. Bulk sintering provides crystal growth through all axes giving your parts excellent mechanical properties in all directions. The ADAM process also enables the creation of unique geometries such as closed-cell honeycomb infill, which are not possible using traditional subtractive manufacturing processes or DMLS. Furthermore, this ADAM process eliminates the requirement for metallic powder consumables and the subsequent health and safety concerns. Using nylon reels infused with metallic powders, the Metal X can be used in the office environment alongside your PC.

The Metal X greatly accelerates innovation, delivering metal parts overnight using a new technology at a fraction of the cost. The Metal X can currently print with 303 and 17-4 stainless steel with beta testing underway for 6061 & 7075 aluminium, A2 & D2 tool steel, Inconel 625 and Titanium Ti-6Al-4V. The diverse composition of these materials makes the Markforged Metal X the only 3D printing machine you will ever need for designing and developing prototypes and small batch production of all your complex parts. With DMLS machines, the material changeover process can take up to two days, however the innovative new ADAM process on the Metal X enables end users to change from one material to another in minutes with no remaining powder residue to remove from the machine.

The build volume of the Metal X gives automotive, medical, aerospace and other industries a new way to rapidly create key components, custom parts and spare parts. With a 50 micron resolution layer height, the Metal X has a work envelope with a width of 250mm, a depth of 220mm and a height of 200mm – delivering sizeable parts for most industry sectors.

The Metal X gives customers complete control with in-process inspection that enables users to scan parts ‘mid-print’ using Markforged’s cloud-based Eiger software and a laser displacement sensor that is fixed to the print head. This guarantees dimensional accuracy and permits in-print inspection of the most critical tolerances at any point in the print process.

Customers can define a tolerance specification in the Eiger software and the cloud based 3D printing software will communicate with the Metal X to instruct the machine to scan parts while it’s printing. This ensures that the Metal X always meets the desired specification and tolerance band. If an error is detected, the user will be alerted and they can choose to cancel the print remotely, saving time and material.

This remarkable new technology is now available to order for September 2017 delivery from HK3D, the official UK production distribution agent for the Markforged brand. Purchasing your Markforged 3D Printer from HK3D will give you access to the unparalleled level of service and support that HK3D is renowned for. HK3D experts will take your engineers from the feasibility and justification study through acquisition, installation, commissioning, full training and support as well as the instant delivery of consumables. For further details on how you can print your own metallic parts for less than £90,000, give HK3D a call.

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