Esprit and Cetim Validate Binder Jetting Support
Esprit and Cetim have expanded their partnership to include additive manufacturing, recently achieving support for binder jetting through Esprit Cam.
Esprit Cam has expanded its existing partnership with the Technical Centre for Mechanical Industry (Cetim) to include additive manufacturing. Cetim was established in France in 1965 in order to improve companies’ competitiveness through mechanical engineering, transfer of innovations and advanced manufacturing solutions.
Esprit currently supports both direct energy deposition (DED) and powder bed fusion (PBF) additive manufacturing processes, with products that have been tested and validated by industrial partners. Teams from Esprit have continued to develop products to enhance the software’s support of additive technologies, and in 2020 the company added support to several new slice formats such as 3MF and Binary CLI, further improving interoperability between software and machines.
Relying on an established collaboration with Cetim, Esprit teams validated the support of a third additive manufacturing technology: binder jetting. Binder jetting uses a liquid binding agent to bind powder particles one layer at a time until the final product is complete. By preparing data in Esprit Additive Suite products, Cetim was able to build a job made of six impeller parts with a binder jetting machine from Digital Metal.
“We used the Esprit Additive PBF product to slice the 3D model and produce a compatible file format that would be readable by Digital Metal’s machine,” says Clement Girard, Esprit’s additive product manager. “All data preparation was done using a version of Esprit Additive PBF that’s still in development.”
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