The XM200C makes metal powder-bed fusion available for universities, labs and small- to-medium businesses who need prototyping, casting, tooling and printing of small parts, and who could not afford these systems in the past. In addition, when compared to bound metal deposition, atomic deposition additive manufacturing or other FDM-like metal 3D printers, metal powder-bed fusion provides high-quality and complex parts, reduces total cycle time by about 50%, and removes the need for wash/debinder and sintering/oven equipment.
The XM200C printer features a large build volume of 125 in3 (5x5x5 in.) or 2048 cc3 (127x127x127 mm), a 100W Yb fiber laser, and a patent-pending scanner which fuses at speeds up to 500 mm/sec. The system has a small footprint which allows for simple integration into the lab or manufacturing floor, prints a wide range of metals—including stainless steel, super alloys, and tooling steels—and is designed in an open architecture which allows qualified users the ability to develop their own printing parameters or use their own powder.
Xact Metal’s printing technology is built on the patent-pending Xact Core™, a high-speed gantry system platform that uses light, simple mirrors to move quickly and consistently above the powder bed on an X-Y axis and lowers the overall system cost. In addition, the Xact Core technology avoids the use of complex rotating galvanometer mirrors and F-theta lenses, maintains a constant laser angle across the whole build plate, and provides a simplified gas flow over the powder bed.