3D printing company ExOne and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have joined forces to improve 3D binder jetting additive manufacturing (AM).

The companies initially plan to improve the chemistry and process parameters for ExOne’s sand and metal systems using ORNL’s instrumentation and data analysis methodologies. ExOne and ORNL also want to improve H13 tool steel powder in order to successfully 3D print 500 tools and dies by 2022 for the molding, stamping and forging industries.

‘Over the past several years, we’ve worked with ExOne on four binder jetting systems and we’ve made exceptional progress in enhancing this AM technique,’ said Amy Elliott, ORNL lead researcher on binder jetting.

According to the companies, binder jetting can maintain higher productivity and lower operating costs when compared to other AM technologies. ExOne has announced a new high-resolution production machine which can printing metal, ceramic, and other advanced material parts directly. This X1 25PRO machine can print standard industry powders utilized in metal injection molding (MIM) and other powdered metal processes.

This story uses material from ExOne, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.