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VM Podcast S2E3: ValCUN’s Minerva molten metal 3D printer

New system to be presented at the upcoming Rapid+TCT show in Chicago features unique MMD technology

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Belgium-based ValCUN, a developer of metal 3D printers, will start taking pre-orders for the upcoming Minerva molten metal 3D printer at the Rapid+TCT show in Chicago, starting on May 2nd, 2023. You can learn more about this unique, cost-effective and highly productive technology in VoxelMatter’s latest VM Podcast episode, featuring Jonas Galle, CEO and Co-Founder of ValCUN.

Minerva implements ValCUN’s proprietary Molten Metal Deposition (MMD) technology and is expected to disrupt the metal additive manufacturing (AM) market by enabling rapid and cost-effective production of parts on demand. The system was developed to be suitable for distributed manufacturing environments.

Jan De Pauw, CTO & Co-founder, and Jonas Galle, CEO & Co-founder of ValCUN

We are excited to announce the start of pre-orders for our disruptive, deployable metal 3D printerJonas Galle, CEO and Co-Founder, ValCUN

“We are excited to announce the start of pre-orders for our disruptive, deployable metal 3D printer,” said Jonas Galle. “Customers are stressing the need for an easy-to-use, easy-to-deploy solution that reduces post-processing and time-to-part while remaining cost-effective. We are glad to announce that the MMD technology delivers just that and are looking forward to supporting our customers in their metal AM utilization”.

Metal AM presents a significant opportunity to disrupt the supply chain and logistics by enabling on-demand, localized production. However, many of the existing metal AM technologies have presented challenges, including safety risks, cumbersome post-processing, and high capital costs, preventing wider adoption. ValCUN’s MMD technology solves these challenges by using wire as the feedstock, delivering a deployable, safe, and easy-to-use metal printer that delivers near-net-shape metal parts.

ValCUN is backed by several private investors. The company has received funding from the ESA, the European Union, and the Flemish government. The company has already received several LOIs from manufacturing and research institutes in Europe and abroad.

The Minerva printer is targeting users in universities, research institutes, and innovation-driven companies. One of the system’s core focus is on aluminum and high-strength alloys. Pedeo High-Pressure Die Casting Foundry, a supplier and partner in the development and production of high-pressure die-casting products, was among the first to test ValCUN’s MMD system. “I have been following aluminum 3D printing technology for over 20 years, and with ValCUN technology, I believe for the first time that this 3D print technology can disrupt the industrial aluminum market,“ commented Piet D’Haeyer, CEO of  Pedeo.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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