At TCT 2018 we displayed the first prototype 3D prints from our new ZYYX metal 3d printer technology. Now we’re releasing more information about what it is and how it works.
We have been developing our metal 3d printing technology for some time now and with the latest prototype prints, we’re ready to show the world what’s cooking behind the scenes.
Our metal 3D printing technology aim to add to the current line of products and enable customers to easily use metal 3D printing for real prototypes and one-off production in various materials.
As with any ZYYX tool, we’re focusing on creating a safe, easy to use and reliable products that benefit from beautiful engineering solutions. The metal 3D printing technology is no exception.
We’ve developed a process that more or less removes the downsides of traditional metal 3D printing, such as complex safety measures and special facilities required.
Thanks to the ingenious engineering and our process we are making metal 3D printing much more accessible with a target price of below 10 000 Euro for a complete system, while still being simple to implement in terms of health and safety.
Despite being early stage prototyping, the process is actually not very complex and we are confident that we can have a product out in 2019. We are currently talking to investors to speed up the development and commercialization of the product.
How our Metal 3D printing works
Our patent pending process can be divided into three major steps:
- The first step is to build up the object, the so called “green body”, and here we have a FDM-like process that enables high resolution (about 50um) and the possibility to create any geometries, including voids and lattice structures inside the object.
- The second step removes the binder to create the so called “brown body” and our process does this without toxic substances.
- The third step is to sinter the brown body into a solid metal part, and here we have some innovative techniques that simplify this step compared to other systems
The technology is different from the filament based solutions that are emerging on the market, but it will reach comparable resolution and mechanical properties.
Currently, we’re achieving a sintering level of more than 98%, and a shrinkage of about 21%.
We are currently producing models in copper, bronze, brass and steel. We’re also looking into other metals to add in the next phase of development.