Innovent+™ 3D printer to cut product development lead times. The Innovent+™ is a 3D printer specially created by ExOne for use in development and short-run productions. As with all ExOne 3D printers, the Innovent+ is capable of creating parts directly from 3D CAD files, making the technology easier to integrate with traditional engineering workflows. The machine is also capable of 3D printing many standard powder injection molding feedstocks, including a number of stainless steel, tool steel, ceramics and tungsten alloys, a feature that was of particular value to MiMtechnik. MiMtechnik’s building hardware fasteners are serially produced using MIM. However, before reaching this stage, product development and short-run productions are required to meet the specific needs of its customers. With regard to future 3D printing applications at MiMtechnik, Dr. Andreas Baumann, Technical Leader at MiMtechnik, replied, “Definitely yes. Before starting a MIM project we offer our customers to test MIM like prototypes made by this innovative shaping technology.” “Customers can benefit from the shortest lead time without tooling costs by having similar material properties in sintered components.”

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