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Ground-breaking Molten Aluminum 3D Printing Penetrates Commercial Market



BUFFALO, N.Y. , Nov. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Vader Systems (VADER), an innovator in liquid metal 3D printing, announced the first commercial sale of its signature Mk1 3D printer to BECKER CAD-CAM-CAST (Becker), a tier one supplier of engineered aluminum automotive components.

VADER'S patented MagnetoJet technology melts metal wire and uses electromagnetic propulsion to produce on-demand, precision droplets of molten aluminum; the process allows parts to be formed at unprecedented rates and with reduced operational costs in comparison to powder bed processes. This highly cost-effective technology will make additive manufacturing affordable for an expanded market. VADER'S liquid metal process also provides safer operation and simplified material sourcing.

Because VADER'S MagnetoJet technology uses standard aluminum wire, the Mk1 delivers a ten-fold decrease in material costs;  MagnetoJet also produces a dense part without the need for lengthy post-processing. Vader currently prints with 4043 aluminum, while 6061 and 7075 aluminum alloys, copper, and bronze are under development.

Zachary Vader, Chief Innovation Officer and Co-founder of Vader Systems, is also the inventor of MagnetoJet. He explains, "An important part of my vision in developing this technology was to impact the automotive industry. I'm thrilled that a company of Becker's caliber has recognized this potential and is choosing to integrate the Mk1 into their manufacturing process."

Scott Vader, VADER'S President and Co-founder, adds, "We are excited that our liquid metal 3D printing process will be used to enhance the exceptional value Becker already delivers to its customers, and we look forward to a long and productive collaboration with the Becker team."

According to Becker's CEO Michael Becker, "VADER'S printing technology is a game changer for cost-effective, low-volume production of aluminum components. It aligns with our goal to deliver shorter lead times and higher performance for our customers." Becker will begin to integrate the Mk1 system into its manufacturing process at the company's new Wixom, Michigan, plant in the first quarter of 2018, with plans to add a second system at their Germany headquarters in late 2018.

VADER'S team will share more about their MagnetoJet technology at both the Becker (3.0-A44) and Siemens booths (3.0-E68) at the Formnext Tradeshow in Frankfurt, Germany, from November 14-17. Formnext's international exhibition showcases next generation manufacturing technologies.

About Vader Systems
Vader Systems, founded in Buffalo, New York, builds 3D metal printing machines for manufacturers and researchers. The company's ground-breaking and scalable MagnetoJet technology uses the electromagnetic jetting of standard alloys to produce dense metal parts quickly and at low cost for a wide array of market sectors. Learn more at www.vadersystems.com.

About BECKER CAD-CAM-CAST, Inc.
BECKER CAD-CAM-CAST (Becker) has core competencies in engineering, casting and additive manufacturing of aluminum automotive components that range from conventional powertrains to elite applications in the motorsport and automotive markets, including the Porsche 918. Learn more at http://www.beckerccc.com/.

 

SOURCE Vader Systems, LLC


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