3D printer manufacturer ExOne has announced a partnership with Ipsen, a company that designs and manufactures industrial vacuum furnaces, atmosphere furnaces and supervisory control systems.
ExOne and Ipsen aim to streamline production in the field of additive manufacturing and offering a complete printer-furnace package. Ipsen has extensive expertize in the heat treatment of metals and also specialist coatings processes which are used in a variety of automotive and aerospace applications.
“We sought to simplify the purchasing process for 3D printers by offering a complete printer-furnace package.”, David J. Burns, ExOne’s President and COO, said “Ipsen is ideal for us to collaborate with given their industrial focus and global presence.”
With operations in 34 countries and covering a wide range of industries ExOne will be able to leverage Ipsen’s material treatment process to help them improve 3D printing of metals. This will be important on ExOne’s efforts to move 3D printing technology into a manufacturing role, rather than being limited to basic prototyping.