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Xerion is a German company founded in 1997, expert in manufacturing industrial furnaces. Thanks to different ranges of ovens, the company has become a recognised player for its expertise in various applications in the industrial sector.

In 2018, Xerion has put its know-how at the service of 3D printing by introducing its “Fusion Factory” range to the additive manufacturing market.

The market for additive manufacturing furnaces and debinding units

Today, metal or ceramic FDM and binder jetting processes are booming. These processes require three steps before the final parts are produced: printing, debinding and sintering. Once the printing step is complete, it is almost always necessary to debind the part, before finally sintering it to increase its mechanical propeeties. Xerion’s Fusion Factory range offers products suitable for both types of debinding :

  • The Fusion Factory for a solvent debinding,
  • Fusion Factory Compact and Enxtended for BASF materials.

For sintering, their expertise is very wide, it is possible to sinter almost all metals and ceramics from 3D printing processes.

It should be noticed that these two post-treatment steps are critical and condition the density and final quality of the part. Xerion debinding and sintering furnaces not only ensure this quality, but also safety and efficiency unequalled on the market.

Particularly suitable for BASF metal materials

Ultrafuse® 316L and 17-4PH are innovative filaments for the production of metal parts.

These filaments are designed to be easily used on conventional FDM 3D printers. Some slight modifications may be recommended to achieve better print quality. BASF Ultrafuse® filaments combine greater design freedom with lower total cost of ownership. Printing metal parts is easier, faster and more affordable.

The filament is based on Catamold metal/ceramic pellets, developed and used by BASF for the MIM process.

The binder for these materials is based on polyacetal. This requires a special atmosphere for debinding, but this step is twice as fast as normal ! Of course Xerion Fusion Factory Compact and Extended solutions are compatible with this atmosphere.