By Elizabeth Byrnes
The ExOne Company (ExOne), founded in 2005 as a spin-off of Extrude Hone Corporation, provides 3D printing machines, 3D printed products and related services to industrial customers in multiple segments, including automotive, aerospace, industrial equipment, research and development, education and energy.
3D printing (3DP) is a manufacturing process that builds layers to create a three-dimensional solid object from a digital model, able to produce parts with geometric features that cannot be accomplished by other manufacturing processes. Based on a patented 3DP process developed at MIT, ExOne builds functional 3D objects from the bottom up, one layer at a time with durable, industrial-strength materials ranging from metals to silica sand and ceramics, all used in revolutionary ways.
The ExOne process uses binder jetting technology, an additive manufacturing process in which a liquid binding agent is selectively deposited to join powder particles. Right now, metals are the hottest area in the additive manufacturing industry. As a company started in western Pennsylvania, ExOne is perfectly situated in a region that not only has a signifi cant history of metal, but also has all of the great elements and resources for powder metallurgy.
“ExOne is the leader in binder jet printing with almost 20 years of experience. Industry now recognizes that binder jet printing is the key technology for scaling 3D printing from prototype applications to real volume production. This will drive an explosion of new applications for our customers and for ExOne,“ says John Hartner, Chief Operating Officer.
The Steel City has a legacy with metals which perfectly aligns with ExOne’s accelerated growth in additive manufacturing. ExOne has the opportunity to leverage the ecosystem in the region to power their growth even further in the industry.
“The Pittsburgh and the Ohio Valley area played a major role in the last industrial revolution, sometimes called the Third Industrial Revolution. Now with the digitization of manufacturing leading to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, I see the same opportunity for this region to play a leadership role.”
ExOne is well positioned for ongoing advancement in the industry. It has all of the environmental benefi ts of the region, as well as all of the fantastic universities in the surrounding areas – CMU, Pitt, Youngstown State University, to name a few. Also, in nearby Youngstown, Ohio is America Makes, the national center for additive manufacturing. The budding additive manufacturing industry is on the rise and ExOne is using all of its local resources to grow its unique technologies.
“We have a great team here in this region and globally. Every day we are working with leading customers to solve their toughest manufacturing problems and create new products and business opportunities for them. ExOne helps customers thrive in this digital industrial revolution.”
ExOne has grown from a handful of engineers to a worldwide team with operation and support facilities in Germany, the United States and Japan. It is the global leader in 3D printing systems and is the optimal partner for any industrial manufacturer who is transitioning their manufacturing business to the digital age.