Metal 3D Printing on Demand
ExOne® Adoption Centers specialize in 3D printing metal parts. Using revolutionary binder jetting technology and industry-grade materials from traditional powder metallurgy feedstocks, we can work with you to determine the volume and timeframe required for the metal parts you need.
FAQs for 3D Printing Metal Parts on Demand
What are the benefits of binder jet 3D printing for metal production?
ExOne’s patented binder jetting technology for metal offers many benefits over traditional manufacturing, other forms of 3D printing and other binder jet offerings in the marketplace. Among them:
- Faster time to market. Go immediately from design file to production.
- Flexibility. 3D print a variety of metal powders on the same machine, and only print what you need. Smaller batches are affordable with a metal 3D printer.
- Waste reduction. Binder jet 3D printing offers a dramatic waste reduction over traditional manufacturing methods, and eliminates the support structures and build plates necessary with other forms of metal 3D printing.
- Rapid design changes. Modifying designs and iterating for performance improvements is easy and affordable with binder jet 3D printing.
- Exceptional design freedom. With the new design possibilities offered by binder jet 3D printing, you can consolidate parts, eliminate manufacturing processes, reduce weight and save energy. What’s more, 3D printing offers a new approach to solving new or nagging problems.
How do I know I need a printed metal part?
ExOne offers on-demand 3D printing for metal parts as well as sand castings and specialty materials. The most common application of our 3D metal printing is the manufacture of customized, complex parts. We can handle a variety of throughput requests from rapid product development to serial production, and have finishing options that will help you efficiently bring your part from conception to market. Our customers also leverage our 3D metal printing service to create prototypes or conceptual models.
Will I require finishing services when 3D printing metal parts?
ExOne® metal Parts on Demand are “near-net,” meaning some finishing may be desired or required. We offer a full array of finishing services that can be added to our on-demand metal 3D printing packages. Please contact us for details.
Will I need assistance with creating a digital file?
ExOne accepts a wide range of digital modeling file types, though STL is most preferred, and files can be easily uploaded via our Request a Quote form. If you need assistance creating a file, please inquire about our design services for 3D metal printing.
When will my parts be available?
Standard lead time for 3D printing metal parts is 10 working days, but will depend on the volume and complexity of the job. Rush services are available, so reach out to get a customized quote for 3D metal print service.
Can you accommodate the volume of my order?
Iterative or individually customized parts can be managed in a single print run, but 3D metal printing services are also available for serial production. Whether manufacturing lots of 1 or 1,000, the binder jetting process is the most economical choice for 3D printing metal Parts on Demand.
How do I access the manufacturing guidelines for metal sintered parts?
Click here to download the manufacturing design guidelines.
How do I access the manufacturing guidelines for metal infiltrated parts?
Click here to download the manufacturing guidelines.