ExOne and rp+m Collaborate to Deliver Bonded Tungsten to Portfolio
Designed for specific application in medical imaging and aerospace markets
The ExOne Company
NORTH HUNTINGDON, PA, and AVON LAKE, OH, August 8, 2013 – The ExOne Company (NASDAQ: XONE) ("ExOne"), a global provider of three-dimensional ("3D") printing machines and printed products to industrial customers and rapid prototype + manufacturing (“rp+m”), jointly announced today a collaboration that has added bonded tungsten to ExOne’s portfolio of 3D printing material.
ExOne and rp+m worked collaboratively to develop the application of bonded tungsten in the design of rp+m’s products to be used in protecting people and their environments from the harmful effects of ionizing radiation. The 3D printed products provide solutions that reduce development time and costs traditionally associated with fabrication and tooling, as well as production lead time. rp+m and its partner, Radiation Protection Technologies, target bundled solutions for lead(Pb) replacement for the medical imaging and aerospace markets. rp+m has ordered an M-Flex™ machine to develop solutions in bonded tungsten, which replaces lead(Pb), with a Restriction of Use of Hazardous Substances (“RoHS”) compliant solution.
Rick Lucas, ExOne’s Chief Technology Officer, commented, “3D printed bonded tungsten is a great solution for radiation shielding because the M-Flex™ can create complex shapes for these applications that would be difficult to create with conventional methods of manufacturing. Our collaboration with rp+m demonstrates the power of ExOne’s strategy in engaging customers in the early stages of the materials development process, yielding direct applications in new markets.”
Matt Hlavin, Chief Executive Officer of rp+m noted, “We believe ExOne’s M-Flex™ machine is unique because of its ability to use multiple types of material and the machine’s fast print speeds. The ExOne team is clearly committed to forming strategic relationships with innovators, such as rp+m, to drive their 3D technology to new frontiers. rp+m will continue to work with ExOne to develop other materials and applications for the M-Flex™ machine.”
ExOne’s Material Applications Laboratory (ExMAL) continues to have other materials under various stages of development. ExOne has been focused on 3D printing for industrial customers since 2005.
For more information regarding the 3D printing process, visit ExOne's website at www.exone.com.
ExOne is a global provider of 3D printing machines and printed products to industrial customers. ExOne's business primarily consists of manufacturing and selling 3D printing machines and printing products to specification for its customers using its in‐house 3D printing machines. ExOne offers pre‐production collaboration and prints products through Production Service Centers, which are located in the United States, Germany and Japan. ExOne builds 3D printing machines at its facilities in the United States and Germany. ExOne also supplies the associated products, including consumables and replacement parts, and services, including training and technical support, necessary for purchasers of its machines to print products.
rp+m, provides rapid prototyping, additive manufacturing, rapid manufacturing, and 3D printing and scanning in-house. rp+m’s staff of expert engineers can help design, fabricate, and fine-tune prototypes. Additionally, rp+m is able to create end-use parts on demand, using its digital manufacturing equipment.