Farsoon Industrial 3D Printers and Falcontech: Creating the Largest SLM 3D Printing Factory

Mary Ewy
by Mary Ewy
Updated Oct 11, 2022 1871

In this article, we will tell you about how Farsoon metal 3D printers are used by the Falcontech additive manufacturing company. Read on to learn more about the influence of 3D printing on industrial-scale production.

 

About Falcontech

China-based company Falcontech provides advanced and comprehensive metal 3D printing services for industrial customers.

Falcontech headquarters

The company's extensive capabilities include the development and production of metal powders, design and manufacturing of parts, post-processing, quality control and standardization.

One of Falcontech’s production shops 

 

Farsoon and Falcontech partnership

In 2018, after years of material development and technical research, Falcontech launched the efforts to source an SLM 3D printer with a build chamber of 600 mm for industrial-scale production.

The company wanted to find a local partner focused on industrial additive manufacturing, design and production of related equipment.

After a series of technical assessments, Falcontech entered into a long-term strategic partnership with Farsoon in 2019.

By the end of 2021, Falcontech ordered more than 40 Farsoon medium- and large-format SLM printers.

Falcontech employees at one of the Farsoon 3D printers

 

New achievements

The collaboration with Farsoon allows the company to ramp up production capacity and implement plans to create the largest additive manufacturing factory. The next stage is the expansion of the equipment fleet to 50 Farsoon SLM printers, and to 100 industrial 3D printers subsequently.

The cooperation between Farsoon and Falcontech resulted in the expansion of the industrial equipment lineup. Today, Falcontech manufactures a wide range of industrial products, including large-scale aerospace components.

 

Building the largest SLM machine

In 2019, Farsoon and Falcontech jointly developed the FS621M, which was the largest SLM 3D printer at the time. This industrial unit allowed the company to expand into the manufacturing of parts for the aerospace industry.

FS621M printing station

FS621M requires a separate filtration system

 

Specifications

Farsoon FS621M 3D printer
Average inert gas consumption in process 8–10 L / min
Build cylinder size 620 x 620 x 1100 mm (not including build plate thickness)
Inert gas protection Argon / Nitrogen
Laser spot size Approx. 90 μm contour, 90–200 μm fill
Layer thickness 0.02–0.1 mm

 

Results

Farsoon's open platform strategy has enabled Falcontech engineers to achieve significant results.

For example, the company's specialists were able to reduce the surface roughness to 6.3 microns.

Finished parts have a low surface roughness even without post-processing

The open platform also gives a higher degree of flexibility in the selection of operation settings and machine control. A set of operating modes has been developed for different types and grades of metal alloys. The company's specialists managed to balance the resulting mechanical properties, residual stress, and accuracy.

 

Bottom line

Falcontech works closely with Farsoon technicians to introduce innovative equipment maintenance schemes, speed up the troubleshooting process, and improve overall operational management.

To learn more about the capabilities of Farsoon 3D printers, read the articles about their SLM equipment, Flight series using SLS technology, and case studies in medicine.

FAQ

Which Farsoon equipment does Falcontech work with?
The Farsoon FS621M metal additive manufacturing system was jointly developed by Farsoon and Falcontech for large-scale production of aerospace parts. Apart from that, Falcontech’s 3D printing facilities are equipped with Farsoon FS421M, FS301M, and FS271M machines.
What are the key industries for Falcontech metal additive manufacturing?
Being one of the leading additive manufacturing service providers in China, Falcontech is an AS9100 certified supplier for the aerospace industry. It produces 28 kinds of titanium alloy 3D printed parts for the commercial aircraft COMAC C919. Falcontech also provides high-quality components for the medical, automotive, mold production, and other industries.
What materials are used by Falcontech?
One of the three business units of the Falcontech company is Metal AM Powder division. The company is equipped with the EIGA (electrode induction melting gas atomization) production line and produces 90 tons of CAAC certified titanium alloy powder a year. In addition to aerospace-grade titanium alloys, Falcontech manufactures high-quality nickel, cobalt-chrome, aluminum, stainless steel, and other metal-based powder materials suitable for metal 3D printing, hot isostatic pressing, hot and cold spraying, and other processes.
Mary Ewy
Mary Ewy
Updated Oct 11, 2022
About the expert
Mary is a contributing writer at Top 3D Shop blog and an experienced journalist keen on cutting-edge technologies, with a special interest in additive manufacturing. Apart from writing articles, she is passionate about photography, tennis, and traveling.

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