“Unlocking the true potential of metal 3D printing”
Rapidia is unlocking the true potential of metal 3D printing with the fastest, simplest, and most affordable way to 3D print complex and strong metal parts for prototyping and end-use applications. Recognizing that existing “office-friendly” metal 3D printers still require chemical-intensive and lengthy debinding processes, the Rapidia team set out to develop a system that quickly creates even the toughest or most intricate parts, is environmentally friendly, simple to use, and can be installed in a normal office. The result is a 3D printing system using a water-based metal paste, revolutionizing the speed, simplicity, and affordability of metal 3D printing.
Rapidia is the only system able to print hollow parts using Rapidia’s proprietary evaporative support technology. Produce complex assemblies with ease by water fusing 3D printed parts, or by fusing 3D printed parts to machined parts. Take control of your production process with a choice of support modes: hand removable metal supports or proprietary evaporating supports. Rapidia’s innovative support system saves time and reduces cost by eliminating up to 90% of the metal normally wasted on supports. With the widest range of metal and ceramic materials available, Rapidia gives you the freedom to create even the most complex parts. Available for 1/10th the cost of a laser sintering installation, reserve your system today and experience a metal 3D printing system that works for your business.
- Clean and safe: Rapidia’s water-based metal paste technology is the foundation of the Rapidia metal 3D printing system. It takes the advantages of bound metal 3D printing a step further by accelerating the production process and doing away with solvents. The result is a fast, simple-to-use system that is environmentally friendly and completely solvent-free.
- No debinding required: The Rapidia metal 3D printing system takes parts straight from printer to sinter, with no need to debind. Parts printed with conventional three-stage processes need to be prepared for sintering by dissolving the polymer binder, a process called debinding. This step can take upwards of several days and requires treating the printed part with a chemical solvent – a messy and hazardous process in an office. The Rapidia process eliminates debinding by using water to bind the metal powder, making the material safe to handle. The water evaporates during printing, saving time and removing the need for a debinding machine or solvents.
- Evaporative supports for complex internal structures: The Rapidia metal printing system is exceptionally suited to produce parts with complex internal structures, using proprietary evaporative polymer supports. These supports are unique to Rapidia and are made possible by the water-based metal paste, as the polymer supports can be retained into the sintering stage.
- Water bonding and sinter welding: Rapidia’s water-based metal paste is water-soluble, enabling the unique ability to fuse unsintered parts using only water. Complex assemblies can be created by printing simple parts and attaching them by dipping the area to be joined in water. After sintering, the resulting assembly is as strong as a single part. A similar process can also be used to sinter weld finished printed parts to machined parts of the same alloy, using the Rapidia metal paste.
Printing with a unique water-based metal paste, the Rapidia system is completely solvent-free and avoids the hazards and costs of working with loose metal powder, making it as simple to use as a plastic 3D printer. It is the first truly office-friendly metal 3D printing system.