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3D Metalforge Expands its Fleet of Polymer 3D Printers for High-End Applications in Defense, Marine, and Oil & Gas

3D printing service provider 3D metal forge has completed testing and commissioning of a range of polymer 3D printers that will enable it to expand its offering of high-end polymer applications in the defense, marine and oil and gas sectors.

The new printers expand the company’s polymer machine park to 33, capable of printing up to 25 different materials, and are part of its strategy to meet customer demand for higher-end polymer capabilities and more efficient.

“We always ensure we have a wide range of materials available to help us meet customer demand and we are very pleased to add these custom polymer printers to our lineup,” said Matthew Waterhouse, Managing Director of 3D. Metalforge.

“We strongly believe that there will be a significant increase in demand for high performance polymers as the AM industry grows and matures.”

Metalforge 3D printers printing a large format part in PACF. Photo via 3D Metalforge.

The expansion capabilities of 3D Metalforge

3D Metalforge already has a comprehensive portfolio of SLM, DED, MJF and FFF 3D printers, as well as various post-processing machines. Using these technologies, the company provides a range of production, design consulting and related training services to customers in the energy and defence, marine, oil and gas industries.

In 2017, 3D Metalforge opened its Additive Manufacturing Center (AMC) in Singapore, an end-to-end production facility specifically designed to target the marine, oil & gas, and construction industries. The company has since signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with the Singapore Maritime and Port Authorityand established a new FFF 3D printing farm in Singapore.

This year, 3D Metalforge continued to build its capabilities, fueled by its IPO on the ASX in March, in a deal that saw the company raise A$10 million in capital. Following its IPO, the company established a new factory in Texas before opening what it claims is the world’s “first” AM port facility, equipped with the Hybrid Wire Arc print (W -HAAM) of the company.

Around the same time, 3D Metalforge also became a certified supplier of pump impellers for Flowserve, enabling it to provide a client with a US market cap of $5.5 billion and a strong APAC user base. More recently, the service provider leveraged its 3D printing capabilities to manufacture and supply heat exchanger parts to one of the oil and gas conglomerates shells offshore facilities.

3D printed tubes from 3D Metalforge mounted on Shell's offshore heat exchanger.
3D Metalforge has 3D printed 20 individual tubes, shown mounted on Shell’s offshore heat exchanger. Photo via 3D Metalforge.

Increase the capabilities of polymers

3D Metalforge has now completed testing and commissioning of a range of custom polymer 3D printers, which will see the company expand its offering into high performance polymers such as PACF and PEEK.

The company anticipates growing demand for these particular materials from customers in the defence, marine, and oil and gas industries due to their unique properties. For example, PACF has higher stiffness and chemical resistance, while PEEK is characterized by its excellent chemical and thermal resistance.

Although the company did not reveal the brands or companies behind the printers it has tested and commissioned, it will install three machines with a print size of 600 x 600 x 600mm and four machines with a print size of 400 x 300 x 300 mm. . Over the next two months, five more large-format printers will be installed at 3D Metalforge’s global sites, bringing the company’s polymer printer fleet to 33.

The service provider’s extensive polymer capabilities will enable the production of durable, full-density parts in up to 25 different materials, including increasingly sought-after high-performance polymers.

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Featured image shows Metalforge 3D printers printing a large format part in PACF. Photo via 3D Metalforge.