The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM), Dresden, Germany, reports that it has installed a new Fusion Factory Additive Manufacturing system from Xerion Berlin Laboratories GmbH, Berlin, Germany, at its Innovation Centre Additive Manufacturing (ICAM).
The Fusion Factory is a compact production line for the Additive Manufacturing of metal and ceramic components. It has three modules that combine the process steps of printing, debinding and densification (the final heat treatment to produce a purely metal and dense component) into one plant. With additional AM modules, the system can be expanded for industrial series production.
The Fusion Factory was developed by Xerion with scientific support from Fraunhofer IFAM Dresden and brought to market maturity. Parts produced reportedly allow a particularly high degree of design freedom, as both open and closed porosity of the parts can be achieved in the printing stage.
IFAM explains that it plans to implement new filament materials and further develop the technology and the process chain for optimised industrial production.