Foundry Lab, a metal additive manufacturing (AM) company based in Wellington, New Zealand, announced that it has formed a partnership with global power management leader Eaton Corporation. Through the partnership, Foundry Lab will develop parts for Eaton with its unique Digital Metal Casting System.
Debuted at Formnext 2022 in Frankfurt, Germany, the Digital Metal Casting System deploys binder-jetting AM to print ceramic molds, which, when complete, are filled with metal slugs and then microwaved to create finished, casted parts in minutes. According to Foundry Lab, the Digital Metal Casting System holds some major advantages over existing metal AM techniques, most notably, production time and cost per part.
Eaton is a perfect example of how legacy manufacturing giants have taken leadership roles in disrupting their own business models by establishing AM footholds. Eaton opened an AM Center of Excellence (CoE) in Michigan in 2016, and has been a key innovator, especially for aircraft fuel components, in the US AM ecosystem.
Foundry Lab will be taking orders for the Digital Metal Casting System at Formnext 2023 (November 7-10).
This story paints a nice picture of how determinative a role Formnext plays in shaping the global AM business cycle. It also illustrates how the best bets for immediately accelerating the scale-up of metal AM generally lie in applications in which AM can achieve direct 1:1 replacement of existing manufacturing techniques, above all castings and forgings.
Any time that an emerging AM company is able to work with a partner like Eaton it is obviously legitimizing, and that is particularly important in cases where the technology is both so novel and so potentially transformative as is Foundry Labs’. Eaton is precisely the sort of partner that can scale up a new, transformative technology, and deploy it for the highest-value applications.
Images courtesy of Foundry Labs
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