Zrapid Technologies

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ZRapid is one of the most interesting and relevant companies not only in China but in the entire global AM landscape. Its activities are still mostly focused on the domestic and Asian market but the company has already exhibited at shows in Europe (such as Formenxt) and will increase its exports eventually. Like other Chinese industrial 3D printing leaders listed above, ZRapid produces and markets both polymer and metal PBF systems. In addition, the company produces and markets a huge range of stereolithographic systems of all sizes.

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What makes the company particularly interesting is that it also developed two proprietary technologies for processing various materials, including ceramics. The first, which it refers to as AMC (Additive Manufacturing for Ceramics), is actually a modification of its SLA capabilities to process ceramic paste materials, with an approach similar to the French global leader of this segment, 3DCeram. The second, which it refers to as FMS (likely an acronym that stands for Fused Material Sintering), is actually a hybrid of L-PBF and bound material technologies. The iFMS 400 system that implements this technology works by using a laser to sinter ceramic and metal powders that are coated by a polymeric binder material. The resulting green parts are subsequently sintered in a furnace as in other bound materials processes.

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