It’s not always easy to determine whether to continue with traditional metal part production processes or try an additive process. ExOne, an additive vendor of binder additive manufacturing technologies, now makes it easier to determine which option is better for your project. The company launched a new online estimating tool for those considering moving the production of metal parts to high-speed binder-jet 3D printing.
The ExOne Production Metal Cost Calculator gives you a per-part estimate for binder jet 3D printing a precision metal part, helping you compare the technology to other forms of traditional and additive manufacturing.
The calculator needs just a few easy inputs – material, machine, part dimensions and volume – and is based on the purchase of any one of ExOne’s four Pro series printers, a lineup that competes with existing systems from Digital Metal and new binder jet systems from Desktop Metal, GE and HP.
“As customers compare binder jetting options in the marketplace, we wanted to provide greater transparency into the affordable costs of binder jetting with ExOne technology,” said John Hartner, ExOne’s CEO. “Our new estimating tool takes a comprehensive range of costs into account, such as initial capital investment, throughput speeds, material, binder, replacement printheads, and more. Our team is confident that our high-speed systems offer the best value in terms of build area, throughput, consumable costs, material flexibility, and experience.”