Mark Tyrtania, sales director at Laser Lines, says: Making quality 3D metal printing accessible requires innovation. Xact Metal’s printing technology is built on the patent-pending Xact Core, a high-speed gantry system platform where light, simple mirrors move quickly and consistently above the powder-bed on an X-Y axis. It’s a step change for our industry.”

Xact Metal machines are aimed at customers in high-performing sectors where high throughput and print speed is critical, such as aerospace and medical (XM200S), and at entry-level operators, universities, prototyping laboratories and SMEs (XM200C). Both systems use laser-based powder-bed fusion technology in which a laser selectively melts thin layers of metal powder to create parts directly from a 3D CAD model.

With compact footprints, the XM200S and XM200C machines offer a 127 by 127 by 127 mm build chamber. Both machines have a touchscreen display, which allows users to control jobs, change settings, and keep an eye on measurements such as the chamber temperature and oxygen percentage/pressure.

Supporting stainless steel, super alloys, tool steels, aluminium, titanium and bronze, the open platform of Xact Metal machines means that qualified users can develop their own printing parameters and use their own powder.