The Metal X uses an innovative technology to 3D print metal. Metal powder appears in the printing material in a very high concentration and is spooled, therefore it can be delivered via a heated nozzle.
This means printing is done by the already proven FDM process. Reassuringly, it’s completely without the toxic metal dust usually associated with metal printing. The sintering process that follows causes atomic diffusion (ADAM). This is due to the heat, the atoms shift slightly and stick together, resulting in an overnight metal part.
Upon completion the components achieve excellent mechanical properties and enormous rigidity in all directions.
ADAM allows the creation of unique geometry, such as closed honeycomb structures. As a result components that resemble a complex bone structure can also be realised with the Metal X. In other words a closed cell inside, encased in a sturdy outer shell.
Unsurprisingly, this geometry cannot be manufactured with a traditional subtractive methods or even with direct metal laser sintering process (DMLS). This means that the Metal X will allow you and other engineers to find new ways to change the world.