Mimest uses the additive manufacturing technology called "binder jetting". Technology that blends the advantages of additive manufacturing - flexibility, geometric freedom, speed - with those of MIM - absence of supports, good surface finish, high-performance materials.
Thanks to binder jetting 3D printing Mimest is able to create almost any shape imaginable in a very short time to create objects characterized by excellent mechanical properties, impeccable surface finish, high precision - both for prototyping and in significant volumes for production.
THE STAGES OF THE PROCESS
Our additive manufacturing technology can be summarized in 4 steps.
Binder Jetting printing technology offers the advantages of combining traditional 3D printing with MIM, including:
- No equipment needed: production can start minutes after the completion of the drawing.
- Design freedom: lightweight components, empty or unloaded, organic shapes previously unthinkable, are now possible. In addition, for the first time, already assembled items can be printed.
- Low costs: compared to other additive technologies, but also compared to MIM in the case of small components, Binder Jetting is cost competitive.
- Accuracy of detail: thanks to a precision of the order of a few micrometers, it is possible to create details suitable for the most precise mechanisms or the most demanding uses.
The size and geometry of an article direct the choice towards this technique. In particular, previously impossible processes such as the customization of each individual component, organic shapes and assembled geometries finally become possible. It should also be remembered that the smaller the size of the piece, the greater the economic convenience in choosing this technique, both for the optimization of the built box and for the surface treatments necessary subsequently.
In general, the additive manufacturing process through Binder Jetting has three advantageous applications:
- Anticipation of pre-series, waiting for the mold to be made for subsequent switch to the MIM
- Small/medium batches of items that do not justify a MIM mold
- Production of large batches of articles that otherwise would not be pro producible for geometrical reasons