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Farsoon introduces FS350M-4 metal production system

With a build envelope measuring 433×358×400mm and a standard quad 500-watt laser configuration

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Farsoon has unveiled the FS350M-4 metal production system for global commercial orders, after having been operational at multiple serial production sites in China for approximately two years. The FS350M-4, a testament to cost-effective solutions, enriches Farsoon’s portfolio of medium-sized metal 3D printing systems. With a build envelope measuring 433×358×400mm, the system is furnished with a standard quad 500-watt laser configuration. It stands as an ideal solution for medium to high-volume series production of metal components across various sectors, including molds, tooling, automotive, and aerospace. It can process a range of powder materials, encompassing aluminum, titanium, maraging steels, and specialized stainless steel grades.

Efficiency meets quality

The FS350M-4, incorporating cutting-edge multi-laser scanning strategies and calibration algorithms, ensures optimal build efficiency and consistent part quality across the build area.

Advancements in process parameters, like variable layer thickness and adaptive scanning methods for both infill and detail, enable the FS350M-4 to boost productivity while maintaining superior part quality. To illustrate, the platform can produce over 95% of shoe sizes for a pair of shoe molds in a single build, showcasing a build volume rate that’s 60% higher than other metal LPBF systems in its category.

Economical manufacturing

The FS350M-4 emerges as a high-value metal system packed with features tailored to reduce production costs. For large-scale additive manufacturing (AM) operations, inert gas consumption typically forms a significant cost component. The FS350M-4 boasts an efficient inert gas system, completing the purge process in just 11 minutes. Moreover, during printing, the system’s inert gas consumption is a mere 3-5L/min – a figure notably below the industry average.

Furthermore, the FS350M-4 houses an innovative 3-stage filter module, with a robust back-flush feature prolonging filter lifespan and decreasing replacement costs. A permanent filter solution will soon augment this offering, promoting both machine uptime and operational simplicity. Enhancements like the closed-loop Powder Management System, intelligent recoating control, and layered gas flow design contribute to material efficiency and cost reduction.

Compact design

With a footprint of just 6 sqm and an integrated Filtration System, the FS350M-4 is designed for efficiency. In an additive manufacturing environment, its compact design allows for high-density layouts, optimizing the production space.

Additionally, the FS350M-4 comes with a high-efficiency top-feed powder system. If the powder level depletes, an integrated sensor sends a refill alert. The refill unit, designed for easy docking, facilitates prompt material replenishment without interrupting the ongoing build process.

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Edward is a freelance writer and additive manufacturing enthusiast looking to make AM more accessible and understandable.

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