Austria’s Incus GmbH, a specialist in lithography-based metal AM, has entered into a new partnership with Indo-MIM, a leader in the metal injection molding (MIM) industry that has been growing its business on the additive manufacturing side in the supply of metal powders. As part of the collaboration, Indo-MIM has purchased an Incus Hammer Lab35 3D printer, a flexible and compact system designed for prototyping, small-scale production and R&D applications.
With Incus’ metal AM technology in house, Indo-MIM will be able to expand its metal manufacturing business in the additive space. The company, which has facilities in India and the United States has to date developed over 6,000 varieties of MIM parts for customers in the automotive, aerospace, consumer, defense and medical industries, among others. Additive manufacturing will enable it to now enhance its capacity for both developing proto-samples and producing small, highly complex products for applications like medical devices, jewelry and electronics.
“Our partnership with INCUS signifies one more important step in our journey to provide cutting-edge production ready metal 3D printing technology to our customers,” said Krishna Chivukula Jr, Indo-MIM CEO. In addition to expanding Indo-MIM’s production capabilities, the partnership with Incus GmbH will also further integrate metal AM and metal powder production processes. This, Chivukula says, could accelerate the technology’s adaptation in the future.
Dr. Gerald Mitteramskogler, CEO of Incus GmbH, said of the partnership: “We are proud to be supporting Indo-MIM, one of the biggest and highly recognized players in the industry and during their extensive technology analysis having convinced them on our capabilities. This collaboration would greatly help in promoting the adaptation of our Incus lithography-based 3D printing technology and spur innovation to ultimately benefit the end users.”
In addition to the partnership announcement, Incus has just launched a new 3D printing platform, the Hammer Pro40. The new system, which will debut at Formnext 2023 at Incus’ booth (D42, Hall 11.1), offers a larger build capacity than the Hammer Lab35 and is targeting mass production volumes.