In a jointly funded project between Ford Motor and ExOne, developers have now developed and filed a patent for a process for fast and reliable binder-jet 3D printing and sintering of aluminum that shows properties comparable to die casting.
Although some aluminum alloys can be already be 3D printed with lasers today, the process is slower than the new one developed by Ford and ExOne. The new process is expected to increase Ford’s efficiency by allowing the company to affordably produce complex parts uniquely designed for additive manufacturing, which enables size and weight reductions, part consolidation, and performance improvements.
“This is a breakthrough in making 3D printed and sintered parts for the auto industry,” said Harold Sears, Ford technical leader for additive manufacturing.
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