ExOne Launches Online Calculator for Manufacturers

New tool provides per-part estimate for binder jetting on any metal ExOne Pro series 3D printer.

New tool provides per-part estimate for binder jetting on any metal ExOne Pro series 3D printer.

The ExOne Company has launched a new online estimating tool for companies considering moving production of metal parts to high-speed binder jet 3D printing.

The ExOne Production Metal Cost Calculator is designed to provide manufacturers with a per-part estimate for binder-jet-3D-printing a precision metal part so they can quickly compare the technology to other forms of traditional and additive manufacturing. 

The new tool requires just a few easy inputs—material, machine, part dimensions and volume—and is based on the purchase of any one of ExOne’s four Pro series printers, a lineup that competes with existing systems from Digital Metal and new binder jet systems from Desktop Metal, GE and HP. 

“As customers compare new binder jetting options in the marketplace, we wanted to provide greater transparency into the affordable costs of binder jetting with ExOne technology,” says John Hartner, ExOne’s CEO. “Our new estimating tool takes a comprehensive range of costs into account, such as initial capital investment, throughput speeds, material, binder, replacement printheads, and more.”

ExOne’s production-ready lineup includes:

  • X1 25Pro large metal 3D printer, which launched in 2019. It offers a maximum build rate of 3,600 cc/hr, which makes it faster and more affordable to operate than comparably sized systems in the market today.
  • X1 160Pro extra-large metal 3D printer, which is in production at ExOne’s German facility and shipping to customers soon. With a maximum print speed of 10,000 cc/hr, the 160Pro is ExOne’s 10th metal printer. 
  • InnoventPro, which comes to market in late 2021 with a 3-liter or 5-liter build volume and is a faster version of the Innovent+. Final specifications for the InnoventPro will be released closer to production in late 2021.

The ExOne Production Metal Cost Calculator is now live at www.exone.com/productioncalculator.

ExOne Delivers Material Flexibility

ExOne’s complete family of Pro series printers is qualified to 3D print more than 20 materials, including 11 single-alloy metals, five composite metals and four ceramics. Printable metals include 17-4PH, 316L, 304L, Cobalt Chrome, Copper, H13 Tool Steel, Inconel 718, Inconel 625, M2 Tool Steel, Titanium and Tungsten Heavy Alloy. 

Aluminum, which is already qualified for R&D use on ExOne systems, has been fast-tracked for ExOne’s highest third-party qualification status, which indicates general market readiness. ExOne’s first aluminum alloys are expected to receive this status upgrade during 2021.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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