Farsoon Introduces Three New Large-Format Metal 3D Printers

RAPID

Share this Article

Farsoon, the leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in China’s metal additive manufacturing (AM) market, announced that it will introduce three new laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) platforms to the U.S. and European, Middle Eastern, and African (EMEA) markets. Following on the success of its large-volume FS621M system that it released two years ago, Farsoon has developed three new versions: the FS621M Pro-4 and Pro-6, and the FS621M-U-4.

The company produced the larger machines in response to feedback from its customers in heavy-industrial sectors, a point that Velo3D has also mentioned in its press releases for its latest — and largest-volume — platforms. With an installation base of over 50 units by now, the FS621M has given Farsoon ample data to draw upon, for providing solutions to markets demanding the largest-volume parts. The Pro-4 (four 500-watt fiber lasers) and Pro-6 (six lasers) have both a 30 percent greater extension in the Y-axes than the original, as well as almost 10 percent higher Z-axes.

The Y-axis on the U-4 is the same as on the base model, but the former has the highest Z-axis of the whole series, 1.7 meters (about 5.5 feet). This represents a 54 percent increase over the FS621M, which would make it ideal for manufacturers in the aerospace and space sectors, and any other sector requiring tall, narrow parts. Thus, along with aerospace/space, Farsoon notes that it has designed the latest releases with the requirements of the oil & gas and energy sectors in mind.

Farsoon also offers customers the option of a “permanent filter” upgrade on the new FS621M models, meant to facilitate long-term, large-volume production. Finally, the company announced that it is currently developing an eight-laser version of the Pro, as well a six-laser version of the U-4.

As is reflected by other recent developments, the expanding markets for metal AM platforms with the largest build volumes suggests major impending shifts in the supply chains for metals markets around the world. Global maritime trade growth has slowed recently, which would normally be an indicator of a similar downturn in manufacturing activity. On the other hand, if manufacturers were stockpiling raw materials, the slowing growth in overseas shipping may in part mean that the stockpiling has simply stopped, or at least plateaued. And, if that’s the case, it could be evidence of strategic long-term shifts towards producing goods closer to the point of demand.

That’s obviously a lot of “ifs”. But, assuming that the scale-up of AM in general, and metal AM in particular, will happen at some point, they won’t happen without changes to the broader economy occurring at the same time—in the form of re-shoring, transformation of supply chains, on-demand production, etc. That’s the logic behind enlarging the scale of the AM industry, in the first place. If the recently-released National Strategy for Advanced Manufacturing is any indicator, that scale-up is already happening.

Share this Article


Recent News

3D Printing Webinar and Event Roundup: June 23, 2024

3D Printing News Briefs, June 22, 2024: Depowdering, Helicopter Cockpit, & More



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Food

3D Printed Guns


You May Also Like

Featured

Bugatti Leverages Divergent to 3D Print Chassis and Suspension Parts for Tourbillon Hypercar

Divergent, the digitized contract manufacturer based in Los Angeles, has partnered with French luxury automaker Bugatti for the latter’s upcoming Tourbillon hypercar. Via the collaboration, Divergent will use the Divergent...

3D Systems Bets on Pellet-Extrusion as the Future of 3D Printing with EXT 800 Titan

US additive manufacturing (AM) industry pioneer 3D Systems has announced its latest product release, the EXT 800 Titan Pellet. The third member in the EXT Titan Pellet lineup, the 800...

Aibuild to Launch Version 2.0 3D Printing Software at RAPID + TCT 2024

Aibuild, the London-based software as a service (SaaS) company specializing in solutions for large format additive manufacturing (AM), will roll out Aibuild 2.0, the latest version of its cloud-based software...

3D Printing Webinar and Event Roundup: June 16, 2024

In this week’s roundup, we’ve got plenty of in-person 3D printing events, including PowderMet2024, Manufacturing World Tokyo, and a few Demo Days and tours. Stratasys continues its advanced training courses,...