Farsoon introduces three new large format metal 3D printers – 3DPrint.com

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

The company has produced the larger machines in response to feedback from customers in the heavy industrial sectors, a point Velo3D has also mentioned in its press releases for its latest – and biggest – rigs. With an install base of over 50 units to date, the FS621M has given Farsoon plenty of data to draw upon, to provide solutions for markets requiring the largest parts. The Pro-4 (four 500-watt fiber lasers) and Pro-6 (six lasers) both have 30% greater extension in the Y axes compared to the original, as well as nearly 10% Z axes higher.

The Y-axis of the U-4 is the same as on the base model, but the former has the highest Z-axis of the entire series, 1.7 meters (about 5.5 feet). This represents a 54% increase over the FS621M, which would make it ideal for manufacturers in the aerospace and space sectors, and any other sector requiring tall and narrow parts. So with Aerospace/Space, Farsoon notes that it has designed the latest versions with the requirements of the Oil & Gas and Energy sectors in mind.

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

As evidenced by other recent developments, the expansion of metal additive manufacturing platform markets with the largest build volumes suggests impending major shifts in the supply chains of metal markets across the globe. Growth in global maritime trade has slowed recently, which would normally be an indicator of a similar slowdown in manufacturing activity. On the other hand, if manufacturers were stockpiling raw materials, the slowing growth in overseas shipping may in part mean that stockpiling simply stopped, or at least plateaued. And, if so, it could be evidence of long-term strategic shifts toward producing goods closer to the point of demand.

That’s obviously a lot of “ifs”. But, assuming the scaling up of AM in general, and metal AM in particular, happens at some point, it won’t happen without changes in the wider economy taking place. produce at the same time – in the form of relocation, transformation of supply chains, on-demand production, etc. This is the logic behind expanding the scale of the AM industry in the first place. If the recently released version National Advanced Manufacturing Strategy is an indicator, this scaling is already happening.