Ultimaker has this week introduced its first dedicated solution for 3D printing metal parts in the form of the Ultimaker Metal Expansion Kit designed in collaboration with industry partners to be compatible with the Ultimaker S5 printer. Andrea Gasperini, Product Manager at Ultimaker explains a little more about the new kit provides an easy-to-use solution for metal parts preparation on the Ultimaker platform.
“The Ultimaker Metal Expansion Kit is especially suitable for printing non-of-the-shelf parts such as tools, jigs and fixtures, replacement parts, functional prototypes and auxiliary components. The Kit provides access to a complete and validated 3D printing workflow on an open platform that offers competitive quality and lead times normally only accessible with full in-house metal fused filament fabrication (MFFF) solutions at a much higher total cost of ownership.
Thanks to the low total cost of ownership and savings up to 90% over small series of not-standard auxiliary components and tools, our early adopters are already realizing return-on-investment (ROI) in less than a year.”
3D print metal with Ultimaker
– All required items for metal parts preparation from printing to accessing post-processing services, including materials and a set of dedicated print cores to support both the metal filament (Ultrafuse® 17-4PH) and the Ultrafuse Support Layer, allowing full design freedom. Especially for this Kit, Ultimaker developed a new Print Core DD 0.4, a highly wear-resistant core to print the abrasive support material. No permanent hardware modifications are needed as print cores and materials can be simply replaced like any other print core or filament.
– Access to exclusive Ultimaker 3D Printing Academy content – developed together with the team of BASF Forward AM – for users to rely on a centralized and up-to-date knowledge base to teach the full workflow with all kinds of tips and tricks so they can successfully apply Metal FFF on the Ultimaker platform.
– Access to the BASF Debinding and Sintering Order Management Portal, a network of debinding and sintering services for post-processing of the 3D printed part into a full metal part.
“The Ultimaker Metal Expansion Kit is explicitly developed to remove existing process’s bottlenecks and limitations by providing users all the dedicated items, software features and knowledge to maximize process efficiency and further expand Ultimaker printer capabilities beyond thermoplastics.
The newly introduced Kit comes with materials that are automatically recognized by the printer through NFC and enables efficiently switching between printing plastics and metal on one machine. The technology is powered by Ultimaker Cura, Ultimaker’s powerful and easy-to-use slicing software, and is compatible with the Ultimaker S5 Platform.”
Source : Ultimaker