Aerospace Manufacturing service provider Falcontech has announced plans for their Super AM Factory initiative with targeted 50 Farsoon Metal systems. Falcontech is enhancing manufacturing capacity for series production by adopting more Farsoon machines to current facility, reaching a total of 20 Farsoon metal systems by end of 2020.
Founded in 2012, Falcontech co., Ltd. (referred to as Falcontech) is a leading metal additive manufacturing service provider in China with AS9100 certification. With 3 business units including Metal AM Powder, Metal AM Solution, and Advanced Manufacturing Falcontech is able to offer a comprehensive portfolio and metal AM industrial solution from material, manufacturing, post-processing, application, and service.
With over 7 years’ experience in operating metal laser melting machines from various international brands, Falcontech has developed deep in-house know-how for industrial metal AM production and most recently have started an initiative to expand their capacity and heavily focus on real production with their Super Metal AM factory strategy. Convinced by Farsoon’s technological innovation, quality solutions, and professional service Falcontech entered into a long-term partnership by significantly investing into Farsoon metal systems in 2019. In recognition of this collaboration, Falcontech and Farsoon jointly worked on a customized large-format metal AM system for aerospace as well as processing development of Falcontech metal AM powdered materials.
Figure 1: Falcontech production floor with Farsoon metal systems including FS421M, FS301M, FS271M
Based on this productive collaboration, Falcontech has scaled up their manufacturing capacity by installing multiple Farsoon metal systems including FS421M, FS301M, FS271M (Figure 1) and the customized large-format metal system (figure 2) with an industry leading build envelope of up to 620 x 620 x 1100mm. This system gives Falcontech a unparalleled production tool for large aerospace applications. With enhanced additive manufacturing capabilities Falcontech has succeeded in supporting the development and series production of spacecraft components in a number of key aerospace projects.
Figure 2: Farsoon – Falcontech customized large-format metal system with the expanding manufacturing envelope up to 620 x 620 x 1100mm
With the joint effort between Farsoon’s metal application team and Falcontech significant technical progress has been made including optimal productivity, thin wall structure as small as 0.5mm, improved dimensional-accuracy ±0.5mm/800mm, improved build surface roughness of Ra6.3 microns, and metallurgical quality control from Farsoon system produced parts.
Thanks to the “Open for Industry” philosophy of Farsoon machines, Falcontech is able to operate with a higher degree of flexibility in parameter setting and material development, which contributes to a total of 20 material processing parameters for aerospace applications, including multiple types and grades of titanium alloys, aluminum alloys, and nickel-based superalloys. This also helped Falcontech with the establishment of processing data base for aerospace materials for future development and manufacturing quality control.
“We see an exceptional performance and stability in the Farsoon FS421M metal system via multiple series production jobs since the installation,” says Yu Hai, General manager of Metal AM solution unit at Falcontech, “We are thrilled by the high-quality parts manufactured taking advantage of the benefits from Farsoon AM. With the increasing demand of manufacturing orders, Falcontech will further expand our production capacity and improve turnaround time for delivery with more Farsoon metal systems.”
Founded in August 2012, Falcontech is located close to Shanghai with a current manufacturing space over 12,000 square meters on 248 acres of land. Being one of the leading metal additive manufacturing service providers in China for aerospace industry with AS9100 certification, Falcontech is established with 3 business units including Metal AM Powder, Metal AM Solution and Advanced Manufacturing, Falcontech is able to offer high-quality components for aerospace, medial devices, shipping industry, chemicals and automobiles. Falcontech is a qualified supplier of COMAC metal additive manufacturing parts. Falcontech is equipped with an EIGA titanium alloy powder production line with an annual output of 90 tons of aviation-grade powder with CAAC certification.
Farsoon Technologies, founded in 2009 by Dr. Xu Xiaoshu, one of the true pioneers of laser sintering technology with more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, is a leading machine supplier of industrial Metal Laser Melting and Plastic Laser Sintering systems. Located in Changsha, Hunan Farsoon has developed a team of world-class experts with competencies in electrical/mechanical engineering, laser, scanning and optics, thermal controls, as well as material development and applications engineering. With clear vision of “Open for Industry”, Farsoon is committed to supporting industrial additive manufacturing with open systems, materials, parameters, and applications.
Author: Chenlu Fang, global marketing manager of Farsoon Technologies Headquarter.
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