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Sintratec joins ColdMetalFusion Alliance

Another SLS hardware OEM gets involved in project to sinter industry & AM around robust manufacturing standards

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Sintratec AG, an affordable SLS 3D printer manufacturer from Switzerland, has become the latest company (and the next SLS hardware system manufacturer) to have joined the ColdMetalFusion Alliance. The project looks to revolutionize access to industrial metal parts by leveraging cost-efficient and robust polymer SLS printing technology enabling high productivity at low investment costs.

With this step, the market leader in entry-level SLS solutions provides reliable and easy access to metal 3D printing for a broad audience. The company’s intent is to work with 10 Beta-customers to launch the first steel applications on the S2 platform.

ColdMetalFusion is an alliance of industry leaders with decades of experience in the fields of sintering, 3D printing and classical industrial manufacturing. Together, the Alliance members provide services, equipment, material, software and know-how to customers in the metal manufacturing industry.

This revolution is similar in some way to the introduction of bound metal filament extrusion processes to affordable filament extrusion 3D printers, de facto opening an entirely new market segment to metal AM, which however has not yet lived up to its full potential. The companies in the ColdMetalFusion Alliance are betting that increased geometric capabilities of SLS technology will help make this technology a serious, yet much more cost-effective, competitor to metal PBF.

Sintratec joins ColdMetalFusion Alliance to build sinter industry & AM around robust manufacturing standards Founded in 2014, Sintratec is today a leading Swiss developer and manufacturer of precise 3D printers for professional use. Sintratec systems are operated worldwide and are well-known for their modular SLS production system.

“The combination of our strength in SLS and the Alliance’s sound understanding of powder metallurgy and sintering experience creates exactly the intersection that is needed to be a scalable partner and supplier to the industry together,” stated Dominik Solenicki, CEO of Sintratec.

The modular SLS production system of Sintratec can be expanded as needed and adapts perfectly to the needs of the customer. The processes of material preparation, printing and depowdering are integrated in a closed and semi-automatic system, which is unique in the field of selective laser sintering. Thanks to the modular system customer can easily switch from one print material to another immediately and reduce downtime. Customers are even able to benefit from the redundancies resulting from entire print farms instead of large chamber machines.

As “industrialists” with a long history, the members have an exigence of robustness and 24/7 operation of a factory. The ColdMetalFusion Alliance anticipates future success by bringing together different players in the supply chain of this market, seamlessly connecting customers and prospects to trusted suppliers, the Alliance members.

At the Formnext exhibition in November in Frankfurt, Germany, ColdMetalFusion Members will demonstrate the Alliance’s mission of industrialization.

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