Geometric freedom
with 3D metal printing

  • Applicable in any sector
  • No material loss
  • Rendable prototyping
  • Low-cost solution

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What’s 3D metal printing?

3D metal printing starts with a CAD design. From this design, a 3D printer builds metal parts by adding material layer by layer. Another name for this process is Additive Manufacturing.

In contrast to other technologies such as CNC milling or injection moulding, 3D printing allows complete freedom of form for complex shapes.

What are the benefits of 3D metal printing?

There are some inherent advantages to this technology that will ensure future-proof production.

  • Geometric freedom of parts

    Design limitations of the well-known CNC technology are a thing of the past. From now on, we design a part with only the functional aspect in mind.

    More importantly, 3D printing improves complex geometries on a topological and organic level without impacting on production costs.

  • Lightweight constructions

    The flexibility in 3D printing makes it easier to convert designs into lightweight structures. The use of CAD-tools then ensures the highest efficiency. Weight reduction of up to 50% is very interesting for sectors like automotive, aerospace.

  • Joining of assembly parts

    Metal parts that you would normally chip in parts can now be printed or consolidated in one piece using DfAM (Design for Additive Manufacturing). Reducing parts eliminates post-production assembly.

  • Asset flexibility

    Flexible production is the future. No more use of tooling and no losses due to changeover times. A 3D printer can produce several parts at once with one building board.

  • Less storage space for raw materials

    Metal powder as a basis for 3D printing is an easy to store raw material that does not take up much space. This is in contrast to different forms of metal that are needed to produce.

    Moreover, by joining parts together, fewer fasteners are needed.

  • Qualitative material properties

    3D printed parts are comparable to wrought metal in terms of strength. The metal powder is composed of only metal (no additives).

Are you looking for a good way to produce prototypes or parts?

Is it a challenge for you to produce your latest developments and prototypes efficiently? Do the costs quickly mount up for complex shapes and geometries?

Then 3D metal printing is the solution for you.
It offers possibilities of lightweight construction and geometric freedom. And this for every sector.

Some examples of sectors for which 3D metal printing is interesting:

  • Medical sector

    Implants are accurate and quick to produce.

  • Aviation/aerospace

    For every kilo of material that you want to send into space, you pay EUR 10,000-20,000. So the weight reduction that we can achieve with additive manufacturing is extremely interesting here.

  • Automotive

    Who knows, maybe in the future we will all drive electric. Lower weight means longer driving distance.

  • Development and R&D

    Fast and efficient prototyping at full strength and with the right material properties.

3D metal printer
Kurtz Ersa Alpha 140

The Alpha 140 3D metal printer combines innovative production technology with low purchase and operating costs.

  • Best performance

    It is the ideal solution for tool-free production of metal parts and complex structures with the highest geometric freedom. These parts can be produced quickly and cost-effectively. With the best price-performance ratio, it is perfect for small or medium-sized companies, but also for technical universities and related institutes.

    The Alpha 140 shows its strengths especially in small batch sizes, as expensive tools are not needed and set-up via Plug’n Produce could not be easier. Metal powder is the raw material for this printer. This powder is laid down layer by layer on a platform. Of these layers, only the desired contour is hardened by a laser.

  • Best price

    Kurtz Ersa has managed to simplify the design of the laser printer to such an extent that the price of the machine is half that of an equivalent LPBF printer from competitors on the market. A top result! And this without any loss of quality.

One step further with the Kurtz Ersa Flying Ray

For the production of large parts, there is the Kurtz Ersa Flying Ray! A highly innovative device thanks to the vertically impinging laser beams. Basically, eight lasers are used simultaneously, reaching a jobbox of 1,500 mm x 1,000 mm x 500 mm. The laser power is adaptive and ranges from 50 to 400W. Axes and lasers are modularly expandable.

Software and hardware connected

Metallic 3D printing requires knowledge of machine parameters, processes and materials. This requires a user interface that reliably processes the communication. A specially developed slicer makes data preparation child’s play. An intuitive Human-Machine Interface ensures simple operation.

Interested in a demo? Contact us for an appointment in our showroom.

What can Smans do for your company?

As exclusive Benelux distributor and partner of Kurtz Ersa, Smans nv offers a low cost solution in the Additive Manufacturing market. With our passion for 3D technology we want to unburden you with the right solution and help you grow.

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