Harald Henkel, MD of FKM Sintertechnik GmbH, and Oliver Edelmann, vice president sales and marketing at Concept Laser GmbH, in front of a laser sintering machine.
Harald Henkel, MD of FKM Sintertechnik GmbH, and Oliver Edelmann, vice president sales and marketing at Concept Laser GmbH, in front of a laser sintering machine.

FKM Sintertechnik GmbH, a German specialist in selective laser sintering (SLS), has opened a new production hall to make additive manufactured products.

The company has ordered several machines in the medium and large build-chamber range from Concept Laser for the new 700 m2 facility.

‘The market is currently developing toward batch production of 3D metallic products,’ said Harald Henkel, MD of FKM Sintertechnik GmbH. ‘In addition to the classic small batches and prototypes, industrial production lot sizes with a distinctive serial character are appearing now as well. With the strategic expansion of our 3D printing capacity, we want to be able to respond to increasing demand in a very flexible way and also to get in on increasing product dimensions.’

The FKM Sintertechnik machine park already features the Mlab cusing and M2 cusing models from Concept Laser, as well as models from other suppliers. One new machine to be installed is Concept Laser’s X line 2000R, which reportedly features the world's largest build envelope currently available, measuring coming in at 800 x 400 x 500 mm3. The X line 2000R has a rotating mechanism which allows two build modules to be used reciprocally, and a new sieving station whereby a quiet vibration sieve is used instead of a tumbler sieve. The newly designed dosing unit enables full dose chamber filling within a single cycle.

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