Metal 3D Printing Technique Unveiled
Markforged announced atomic diffusion additive manufacturing (ADAM), a technique to produce metal parts for manufacturers in industrial, automotive, medical and aerospace industries. Parts are printed, layer-by-layer, using a metal powder contained in a plastic binder. After printing, plastic binders are removed and the part is sintered into customary engineering metals. By sintering the entire part at once, ADAM technology allows metal crystals to grow through the bonded layers, effectively erasing the layer-to-layer strength reduction of many other 3D-printing processes.
Markforged also introduced Metal X, the first ADAM 3D printer. It will print high-end stainless steels such as 17-4 and 303. The Metal X features an industrial-grade print platform, enabling accurate creation of metal parts in a compact enclosure. It includes in-process laser inspection for dimensional accuracy, an integrated metal-material handling system and a Cloud-enabled build camera.