Miba joins AM alliance

Miba’s sintering business has joined the ColdMetalFusion Alliance, a group of companies that want to improve 3D printing standards by using a sinter-based additive manufacturing (AM) process.

The Cold Metal Fusion (CMF) process uses a feedstock made of metal coating with a polymer binder which is printed at a ‘cold’ temperature under 80⁰C. Sintering is then required to remove the binder and sinter the metal powder that remains.

Miba says that it already runs a ColdMetalFusion line at its plant in Vorchdorf, Austria and plans to increase production to some 100,000 of parts.

“By setting up a ColdMetalFusion line on site, Miba is implementing its strategy of linking additive manufacturing with its core sinter business,” said Dr Alexander Mueller, head of Miba’s R&D sinter division. “Miba can now showcase its strengths in different segments incl. automotive, energy generation, energy transmission and storage, as well as energy use in eMobility.”

Other members of the alliance include Element22, PRES-X and Farsoon.