Leading MIM furnace manufacturer reports strong demand from the metal AM sector
June 1, 2018
Leading Metal Injection Moulding (MIM) furnace manufacturer Elnik Systems LLC, Cedar Grove, New Jersey, USA, is reporting strong sales growth to the metal Additive Manufacturing industry. The company specialises in laboratory and production scale vacuum debinding and sintering furnaces that have been specifically developed for the processing of MIM parts. As such, its systems are well suited to the thermal processing of parts produced using the new generation of MIM-like processes.
The company told Metal AM magazine that it has now supplied nine systems to the metal AM industry, with usable volumes ranging from 27 to 117 litres.
Stefan Joens, Vice President of Elnik Systems, commented, “There are multiple reasons for our success in the metal binder jetting and filament-based AM sector. The most important is the ability for potential customers to experiment with the furnaces at our on-site development partner, DSH Technologies, LLC.”
“This service has helped part makers to understand the quality of our furnace systems, the consistent results that can be achieved, and their flexibility of use before committing to a purchase. Our reputation in the debinding and sintering industry is also a strong attraction – we have demonstrated our value to the MIM industry over several decades, and now the metal AM industry is doing its homework before investing.”
Contract debinding and sintering services expanded
Elnik Systems and DSH have for many years offered toll debinding and sintering services from the New Jersey facility, enabling companies of processing small-to-medium volumes of MIM and MIM-like AM parts before investing in their own furnaces, or as part of a component development programme.
This service is now also being offered to the European market from a new facility in Waldachtal, Germany. Elnik Systems GmbH has the capability of processing first stage debinding via the catalytic process, and second stage debinding and sintering services in an Elnik MIM3045 furnace. This large furnace has a 117 litre usable volume, is high vacuum capable, features argon purification, allows survey thermocouples to be used as needed and the furnace can process any binder-containing metal powder part, be it from a binder jetting, filament-based or pellet-based metal AM process.