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The University of British Columbia: Accelerating Office-Friendly Metal 3D Printing Innovation

ExOne Case Study

The University of British Columbia uses the ExOne Metal Designlab™ by Rapidia office-friendly 3D printer and X1F advanced furnace to advance research & industrial applications

INDUSTRY
Academia / Education

APPLICATION
Research of intelligent manufacturing, design for additive manufacturing (DFAM), spherical parallel mechanisms, non- linear dynamics and vibrations

SYSTEMS
ExOne Metal Designlab™ office-safe 3D printer and X1F advanced furnace by Rapidia

LOCATION
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

SUMMARY
The University of British Columbia is at the forefront of manufacturing research and education in Canada and was an early adopter of Rapidia‘s groundbreaking Print Today, Parts Tomorrow™ technology in 2020. Operating much like a traditional plastic 3D printer, the Designlab extrudes HydroFuse™ — metal powder bound in a water-based paste.

Because the paste uses very little binder, the sintering process is dramatically faster than competing technologies and delivers next-day parts. What‘s more, the system allows for parts at any thickness without the forced requirement of infill compared to other systems. Dr. Ahmad Mohammadpanah in the Mechanical Engineering department at UBC is using the technology to develop new innovations for a variety of research and innovation projects for industry, such as lightweighting and acoustic emission testing. 

He and his team routinely 3D print 17-4PH stainless steel with a 0.4 mm nozzle, using evaporative supports when needed. Dr. Mohammadpanah reports good accuracy with the system. Also used for education purposes, Mohammadpanah says the X1 Metal Designlab has become an advantageous tool to attract talent and forge new partnerships. 

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