New metal AM machines from China

Chinese 3D printing specialist Farsoon has launched new metal additive laser powder bed fusion systems for markets in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and the USA.

According to the company, the new additive manufacturing (AM) machines have multi-laser capabilities and can make large-format metal parts, making it easier to 3D printing on an industrial scale.

The machines include the FS621M Pro Platform which has a build volume of 620 × 808 × 1200 mm with 30% extension in Y direction compared to the company’s FS621M 3D printer. It can be equipped with four or six 500-watt lasers for series manufacturing.

The FS621M-U-4 is now available and has a build platform size of 620×620 mm and vertical axis of 1.7 m (a 54% increase in Z height compared to FS621M), and a build volume of 653 liters. It uses four 500-watt fiber lasers.

Both 3D printers can print materials such as titanium alloys, aluminum alloys, nickel-based superalloys, stainless steels and maraging steels. They can also be equipped with a permanent filter module allowing for longer term operation for extremely large builds, Farsoon said. The powder handling processes of the two 621M systems share a common powder container design, offering continuous feeding of powder to the build and the ability to exchange and monitor powder quality, according to the company.

 Farsoon is also planning to improve its FS621M Pro-8 (eight-laser configuration) and FS621M-U-6 (six-laser configuration) in future.