ExOne Debuts Production Model of X1 25PRO Metal 3D Printer at Formnext
The ExOne Company (Nasdaq:XONE) today announced that the production version of the X1 25PRO metal 3D printer, which begins shipping to customers this quarter, will make its global debut at Formnext 2019.
The new binder jetting system can be viewed in Hall 12.0, Booth C21, at Formnext — the world’s leading additive manufacturing event, which runs from today through Friday, Nov. 22, in Frankfurt, Germany. The concept version of the X1 25PRO was first shown six months ago at the RAPID + TCT event in Detroit and has undergone several design revisions based on customer feedback.
“The team at ExOne is moving faster than ever to bring our production metal 3D printing solutions to market,” said John Hartner, ExOne CEO. “That’s because we are truly excited to see customers take advantage of the incredible progress we have made with our binder jetting technology. We encourage manufacturers to take a new look at what our systems can do today versus just a few years ago. Our sustainable manufacturing systems deliver density and dimensional accuracy that meets or exceeds production requirements for many industries.”
With build dimensions of 400 x 250 x 250 mm (15.75 x 9.84 x 9.84 in), the X1 25PRO is large enough to accommodate production of most metal parts manufactured today. The new system is now positioned as the mid-sized model within ExOne’s growing family of metal 3D printers, which are also capable of 3D printing ceramics.
ExOne’s entry-level Innovent+ printer is used globally for research, design and small part production. The recently announced X1 160PRO binder jetting machine, with build dimensions of 800 x 500 x 400 mm (31.5 x 19.7 x 15.8 in), is built for extra-large production and is slated to ship in late 2020.
High-Quality Metal 3D Printing
The X1 25PRO is capable of binder jetting a variety of metal, ceramic and composite fine powders — primarily because of ExOne’s exclusive and patented Triple Advanced Compaction Technology (ACT), which is critical to delivering consistent part density and repeatability across the entire build area.
To date, the X1 25PRO can print more than six metal materials that have passed ExOne’s strict qualification process, including 316L, 304L and 17-4PH stainless steels. However, it is also capable of printing a variety of other beta materials that are on a fast-track to qualification, including Inconel 718 and 625 and more. To earn qualification, a metal must deliver repeatable, desirable performance in both 3D printing and sintering.