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German 3D printer manufacturer voxeljet has entered into an alliance with Loramendi, a Spanish tooling maker, and ASK Chemicals, a global foundry material-science company, to develop the Industrialization of Core Printing (ICP) technology. Reportedly the “world’s first fully automated 3D printed core production solution”, ICP has been designed to produce complex sand core tooling for casting processes.
Using voxeljet’s additive manufacturing technology, ICP overcomes the design limitations associated with traditional core tooling, while also matching the conventional core making process in serial-production. Dr. Ingo Ederer, Chief Executive Officer of voxeljet, commented: “We started nearly 20 years ago as a spin-off from Technical University Munich with a clear vision in mind: to match conventional manufacturing by constantly pushing technological boundaries.”
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“TODAY I CAN SAY THAT, TOGETHER WITH OUR PARTNERS, WE ARE SET TO BECOME THE WORLD’S FIRST TO USE FULLY AUTOMATED 3D PRINTING IN AUTOMOTIVE SERIAL-PRODUCTION. THE 3D PRINTING INDUSTRY IS AT AN INFLECTION POINT AND THIS ACHIEVEMENT MARKS A KEY MILESTONE IN OUR MISSION.”
The ICP technology and partnership will be officially launched at the GIFA international foundry trade fair in Düsseldorf on June 26th.
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3D sand printing using voxeljet 3D printer. Photo via ASK Chemicals.
Founded in 1973, Loramendi maintains a substantial background in designing and supplying solutions and turnkey projects for core making, molding and casting services. Using this expertise, the company designed ICP as a core production line that is both 3D printed and fully automated, enabling high production flexibility. Loramendi aims to increase the opportunities of industry 4.0 for core making factories and foundries with the ICP technology. “Loramendi has built equipment for the foundry industry for more than 45 years and nowadays enjoys world-wide prestige,” stated Joseba Goitia, General Manager of Loramendi. “We are really excited about starting this new journey that will completely transform the landscape of the foundry...
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