ExOne Metal Designlab™

Bound Metal and Ceramics Office friendly 3D Printer

Take a look at the ExOne Metal Designlab

Explore the original two-step method of 3D printing bound metal or ceramic parts for direct sintering without debinding

3D Print Metal or Ceramic Parts

The ExOne Metal Designlab™ is an environmental and office friendly 3D printer for creating metal or ceramic rapid prototypes and end-use parts.

The ExOne printer is similar to standard FDM plastic filament printer. The print heads are fed with a water-based metal, ceramic, or support material paste. Water-based metal paste is the safest and most environmentally-friendly method of handling materials for 3D printing as it allows a debinding-free, solvent-free 3D printing workflow with no requirement for polymer disposal.

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Achieve superior part quality and repeatability

With its unique binding technology the ExOne Designlab produces parts with accuracy and repeatability. The original two-step bound metal printing process. Eliminates chemical or lengthy thermal debinding requirements, driving final part delivery times to a simple overnight sintering.

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Create Complex Parts

  • Evaporative Supports. Rapidia is the only system that lets users print parts with complex internal structures, enabled by proprietary evaporative polymer/ceramic supports. Reduce wasted metal by up to 90%. Same evaporative support is also used as a separation layer when meal support is needed.
  • Hand Removable Supports. Metal supports are easily removable by hand, reducing post-processing time.
  • Water-Bonding. Join unsintered parts together to make complex assemblies, simply by wetting both parts and pressing them together.

Go ahead: Print any part thickness

Unlike competing systems that require chemical or thermal debinding, and limit the thickness of 100% solid (no infill) parts for successful debinding, the ExOne Metal Design lab allows you to print any part thickness without infill. Many applications require the strength of solid metal, restricting the use of infill. This means strong solid parts suitable for more end-use applications.

More metals plus ceramics.

Today, ExOne offers 17-4PH and 316L stainless steels, but other metals and ceramics are on the way and are simple to swap out with their HydroFuse™ canisters.

Current Materials

The ExOne Designlab provide metal and ceramic materials for production parts

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Metal Materials

Iron 17-4PH, 304L, 317L, Aluminum 6061, Cobalt Chrome, Copper, H13 Tool Steel, Inconel 718, Inconel 625, M2 Tool Steel, Titanium, Tungsten Heavy

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Ceramic Materials

Alumina, Carbon, Silicon Carbide, Tungsten Carbide Cobalt

No debinding required

Once a part has been printed there is no need to debind before sintering. Parts printed with conventional three-stage processes need to be debound from the polymer binder. This step can take up to 50 hours, and requires boiling the part in a chemical solvent - a messy and dangerous process in an office. Other systems with a two-step process require a lengthy thermal debinding cycle that can take several days for a large part. The Rapidia process eliminates this step by using a water-based binder that is safe to handle and evaporates during sintering, saving time and mess.

Ecofriendly Water Based 3D Printing Technology

Office-friendly 3D Printer

The ExOne Metal Designlab™ by Rapidia is made possible with Hydrofuse™, an innovative water-based paste containing metal or ceramic powders.

The Metal Designlab can print 100% solid metal of any thickness, delivering maximum strength parts suitable for a wide variety of demanding pre-production and end use applications.

ExOne Metal Designlab Printer Specifications

Bound Metal Deposition 3D Printing

ExOne Metal Printer

The ExOne Metal Designlab™ printer is similar to the standard FDM plastic filament printer. The print heads are fed with a water-based metal, ceramic, or support material paste. Water-based metal paste is the safest and most environmentally-friendly method of handling materials for 3D printing as it allows a debinding-free, solvent-free 3D printing workflow with no requirement for polymer disposal.

Feature Specification
3D Printing Technology Extrusion of water-based paste (metals, ceramics, support materials)
Build Plate Flexible stainless steel, reusable
Resolution Coarse (0.6 mm nozzle) and Fine (0.4 mm nozzle), Other sizes available
Build envelope X: 200 mm Y: 280 mm Z: 150 mm
Print heads Two independent heads
Printing speed Over 40 cc per hour with coarse nozzle
Dimensions 78 cm wide x 70 cm deep x 157 cm tall
Power 110-125 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 12 A max
Weight 100 kg, 120 kg with four full metal cartridges

ExOne Metal Designlab Furnace Specifications

Fully automated, safe and easy to install

Our technology isn’t just office safe, it was built for the office environment. The ExOne furnace by Rapidia is fully automated, safe and easy to install. Powered by a 60A single-phase receptacle and sized to fit through an office door, it is designed from the ground up to be truly office-friendly. The furnace software comes pre-loaded with sintering profiles; just select a material and press start.

Feature Specification
Sintering gas Sinters stainless steels with pure Argon. Other gases possible.
Max heat load 14,000 BTU/h
Max temp 1400 C (2550 F)
Inside dimensions Approx. 245 mm in diameter by 300 mm long ~10L usable space
Trays Double tray standard, special tray configurations possible
Outside dimensions 78 x 105 x 188 cm
Weight 500 kg (1100 lbs)
Power requirement 208-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, single phase 60A. Supplied with NEMA 14-60 plug. Furnace
requires a dedicated breaker.
Ventilation Single 3/4-inch plastic tubing vented to outside, push-to-connect fitting
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ExOne Metal Designlab Benefits

Lets you build, accurate, repeatable parts faster than ever before

Binder jet technology

Global leader in binder jet 3D printer technology

As the global leader in binder jet 3D printers, ExOne metal and ceramic printing systems are used and trusted by major manufacturers worldwide for mission-critical applications.

ExOne machines are known for accuracy, reliability, and ease of use.

Office safe 3D printing

Completely Office safe and office friendly

By eliminating 98% of the binders, this also eliminate debinding odors in the office. The ExOne 3D printing process has no solvents, no fumes, no odors and no need to dispose of waste polymer.

This makes the ExOne highly affordable when you eliminate binder, you eliminate a debinding unit and expensive solvents.

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Limited need for hydrogen or forming gas

Metal Designlab sinters some common metals, such as 316L, without any need for hydrogen or forming gas. It just uses a small amount of welding grade Argon, which is available anywhere at a fraction of the cost of other sintering gasses. Next to the metal, gas is the second largest expense in a sinter-based system.

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About ExOne

ExOne is the pioneer and global leader in binder jet 3D printing technology. Since 1995, ExOne has been on a mission to deliver powerful 3D printers that solve the toughest problems and enable world-changing innovations.

Their 3D printing systems quickly transform powder materials — including metals, ceramics, composites and sand — into precision parts, metal casting molds and cores, and innovative tooling solutions. Industrial customers use our technology to save time and money, reduce waste, improve their manufacturing flexibility, and deliver designs and products that were once impossible.

3D Printer Services

3D Printing Productivity and maintenance with Javelin services

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Technical Support

With our 3D Printer Subscription Service, you have access to extensive help from our 3D Printing experts. Which will enhance your hardware investment and guide you through development challenges.

  • Live Technical Support from our certified support team.
  • Onsite Support to solve your technical issue right on your machine.
  • Regular Communication of 3D printer software updates and technical tips and tricks.

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Maintenance & Materials

When you purchase a new 3D printer from Javelin, our service contracts give you predictable maintenance costs and simplified purchasing cycles for spare parts, service and consumables/material.

  • Annual onsite service of your machine
  • Get replacement 3D printer materials and parts directly from us
Exclusive pricing for Education

Contact us to learn more about educational pricing and maintenance contracts for educational institutions.

3D Printing Hands-on Training

3D Printer Training

Our exclusive 3D Printing training and mentoring will show you how to optimize and 3D Print your 3D models more cost effectively to become an Additive Manufacturing expert:

  • Learn how to print Your 3D designs with confidence
  • Understand 3D printing technology and material usage
  • Reduce your 3D printing time and costs

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Is the ExOne Metal Designlab right for you?

Call us free at  1-877-219-6757  and get your questions answered

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Print one of your own 3D Models on the ExOne Metal Designlab through our 3D Printing Service