The Incus Technology – Lithography-based Metal ManufacturingIncus offers a new approach for the additive manufacturing of metals centered around Lithography-based Metal Manufacturing (LMM).
The LMM technology allows to produce high-performance parts with the same material properties as parts produced by Metal Injection Molding (MIM), a mass production method. This technology was developed by the founders of Incus and is based on the principle of photopolymerization, where metal powder is homogeneously dispersed in a light-sensitive resin and selectively polymerized by exposure with light.
Easy handling of feedstock
No extra support structures for feedstock needed
The self-supporting function of the feedstock allows for the volume-optimized placement of different geometries on a single building platform, without the need to add support structures.
Superb surface aesthetics
Thanks to the use of industrial light engine
The use of an industrial light engine allows for the highest resolution of the final parts, enabling the printing of intricate designs and features with excellent surface aesthetics.
Did you know, that with the Hammer Series processing of liquid feedstock and use of non-flowable powders are possible?
Liquid feedstock eliminated the presence of metal dust, enabling a safer working environment.
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It also allows for an easy extraction of the parts after the printing process.
Simplified and scalable production process
Incus offers a two-stage process, similar to Metal Injection Molding.
The green part is produced with the Incus Hammer Series Printer and then undergoes a debinding and sintering step to achieve the final metallic properties. This process can be scaled to produce larger batches of parts.
The incus process in Application
Advantages of LMM
This is why you should invest in this technology
Highest achievable surface quality compared to other AM processes
- High accuracy and resolution of printed parts
- Possibility of processing non-flowable and non-weldable materials
- Easy preparation of printing jobs and handling of machine
- Quick exchange of materials
- No danger to the operator (no metal dust or high-power laser)
Why LMM is complementary to MIM?
- Both are two-stage manufacturing processes
- Same range of metal powders as raw materials
- Similar furnace equipment for thermal post-processing
- Comparable mechanical properties and microstructure after sintering
- LMM as a ramp-up technology or for small-scale manufacturing
The applications for the Incus metal printing technology cover a wide spectrum of industries including but not limited to functional parts and components for various industrial applications including aerospace, energy, medical and automotive, as well as for jewelry and other unique applications. The potential applications for metal additive manufacturing are wide-ranging and the Incus team is looking forward to finding solutions for new challenges.
What is Additive Manufacturing?
Additive manufacturing, often called 3D-printing, describes the process in which an object is produced layer by layer. In the last several years additive manufacturing has gained increasing recognition as a valuable means of manufacturing various types of objects and parts from different types of material. Complex objects can be easily produced using a digital data file, such as a CAD file, and the customized process allows for easy and fast production of prototypes or small batches of parts.
Additive manufacturing has begun to revolutionize many industries and the potential applications for metal printing are exciting and ever expanding.
Learn more about additive manufacturing technologies for metals