China-based Farsoon Technologies, a specialist in laser sintering equipment, materials, prototyping services, and technical support, is offering direct-to-consumer sales of their full line of metal additive manufacturing solutions to customers in North America for the first time, with the creation of Farsoon Americas. Founded in 2009 by laser sintering pioneer Dr. Xu Xiaoshu, Farsoon Technologies specializes in innovation and is invested in the R&D and manufacturing of SLS equipment and materials. The company successfully developed China’s first high-end laser sintering equipment and materials in 2010, becoming the only SLS company in the world to manufacture both at the same location.
The company has worked with a variety of industries, including automotive, industrial design, medical, and many others, and believe that partnerships are important in developing new solutions. At formnext 2016, they announced their strategic collaboration with industry specialist Laser Sintering Service (LSS). They are also working with American chemical company BASF to offer a complete 3D printing solution by creating high-quality, affordable hardware and materials. Farsoon Technologies feels that the main reason 3D printing with metals is still so limited is because of the high cost of purchase and ownership, and the limitations the original equipment manufacturers of today’s metal systems lock out the user with difficult parameter settings. All of Farsoon’s systems are open platform, so the user will have complete freedom of operation. It also promotes material development and takes steps to advance the technology further.
Under the leadership of Dr. Xu Xiaoshu, Farsoon Technologies has made a big impact in the world of additive manufacturing with its innovative and open platform 3D printers. The company says its printers offer the best price-performance in the industry. Establishing Farsoon Americas is a smart step for the company if they want to stay on top, and the branch in North America will be highlighting the company’s DMLS (direct metal laser sintering) techniques at economical prices.
Industry veteran Bob Evans will represent the Farsoon Technologies brand and facilitate sales in North America as the new Managing Director of Farsoon Americas. His experience and knowledge runs the gamut of technologies, materials, and industrial applications. He is based in the US, and says that Farsoon delivers a superior product at a competitive price, and was impressed by the company from the get-go.
“First off I am excited to have this opportunity to work with Farsoon and Dr. Xu Xiaoshu. He was and is still today on the forefront of advancing all additive technologies. Our goal is to provide economical and open architecture platforms that will increase the use and development of this technology,” Evans told 3DPrint.com.
Dr. Xu Xiaoshu is considered one of the leading experts in laser sintering technology, with over 15 years of experience developing it in the US and abroad. He continues to expand the scope of additive manufacturing, and what it can offer to so many industries. The 3D metal printers the company offers are the FS271M, with a build size of 275 x 275 x 320 mm, and the smaller FS121M, with a build size of 120 x 120 x 100 mm.
Evans also said, “From the beginning, I was impressed by Farsoon’s metal machines…to be able to offer systems of this caliber for [under $400,000] is going to make Farsoon a power player.”
The company does also offer 3D printing machines that use plastic materials, including their 403P Series, which features enhanced productivity and a high temperature build chamber that is capable of processing PA6 material. But Farsoon Americas will be focused on promoting their 3D printing metals machines. Discuss in the Farsoon Americas forum at 3DPB.com.