Research and Development

ExOne’s collaboration with universities, laboratories, and public and private research facilities drives advancements in the field of 3D printing. Together, we’re preparing future generations to work in additive manufacturing and developing new materials and capabilities for sand and metal 3D printing.

Innovation Opportunities Develop Through Partnerships with Researchers and Universities

As the use of 3D Printing grows, ExOne® relies on its partnerships to research the best use of materials and methods for printing. ExOne engineers have worked closely with students and faculties to investigate issues that play a pivotal role in the additive manufacturing industry. ExOne 为高等院校提供独特的 3D 打印机选择,使学生能够获得有关研究和员工技能开发的经验。This not only supports innovation for ExOne, but also gives students a chance for hands on experience with additive manufacturing technology.

Various research organizations are also actively engaged with the ExOne process and equipment, including national laboratories such as Oak Ridge, Lawrence Livermore, and NIST. Other commercial research programs in process at supplier and customer facilities, as well as multi-partnered research between public and private institutions. ExOne 是 America Makes 的原始提案团队,后者是首个国家制造创新网络,由政府出资建立,并由国家国防制造与加工中心管理。

Innovation Partners in the Future of 3D Printing

ExOne 致力于提高对 3D 打印和 STEM 教育可能性的认知。To expand their commitment, ExOne has developed two growing programs for high school students: BotsIQ 和 3Du 工具箱。

  • BotsIQ is a STEM program that brings students from various school districts together to compete with battle robots leveraging the new design possibilities afforded by 3D Printing.
    • Norwin School District students develop battle bot parts that are printed at the ExOne Mid-Atlantic Production Service Center in North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. They visit the ExOne facility to learn about the printing process and participate in printing their parts.
    • The Ringgold Rammers students visited the local ExOne facility to receive advice on part design and project management for their 3D printed bot parts and weapons.
  • 3DuTM toolbox is an education supplement for universities and school districts that provides teaching materials to demonstrate functions and benefits of additive manufacturing to students with a focus on binder jetting.

R&D Partners in Sand 3D Printing


University of Northern Iowa is working to bring together education, research, and industry, and currently houses the world’s leading Metal Casting technology program. ExOne’s S-Max™ system at the University of Iowa’s Metal Casting Center is used to support research into technology and materials development for 3D printing in manufacturing. 学生获得与制造业合作,探索砂型和砂芯流程的经验。The students and faculty also help companies, such as Emerson Process Management, make purchasing decisions around additive manufacturing that will eventually help to bring manufacturing back to the Midwest and drive economic growth. 北爱荷华大学是 America Makes 的成员,并在其中获得了较高的质量和行业互动分数。

R&D Partners in Metal 3D Printing


University of Pittsburgh and ExOne engineers are involved in an on-going research venture using the M-Flex® to create the highest possible densification in parts and develop an ideal sintering process to present to the Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP).


Using the legacy R2™ printer in their DREAMS (Design, Research, and Education for Additive Manufacturing System) Lab, faculty and students are testing methods for 3D printing in pure copper and its use in electronics, as well as identifying opportunities for ceramic part creation.


University of Louisville currently uses the legacy X1-Lab™ in multiple projects, giving its students opportunities to explore the pros and cons of 3D printing. Students create benchmark parts using 3D CAD files with a variety of features and fabricate those parts using various processes to evaluate the geometric accuracy, size limitation, and material capabilities. Some of the research projects in process at the University of Louisville include:

  • Evaluating ceramic 3D printing for dental prostheses with proper geometrical and mechanical properties.
  • Fabricating and evaluating compositionally graded ceramic and metal parts, focusing on interfacial bonding strength and microstructural defects as a function of the printing and post-process parameters.

德州大学艾尔帕索分校(University of Texas at El Paso)

Dr. Ryan Wicker, professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso provides students with hands-on experience in additive manufacturing, including the ExOne binder jetting technology. Researchers at the state of the art W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation are investigating topics from infiltration and binder processes to part density and materials using ExOne technology. Visitors can explore the center, view parts fabricated by ExOne technology, and see an overview of the printing process. Some current projects contributing to developments in ExOne technology include:

  • Comparing the mechanical properties of infiltrated versus non-infiltrated parts using INC 625 and INC 718.
  • Experimenting with a closed-loop automatic feedback control of the binder jetting process using a digital single-lens reflex camera. 此研究的结果将导致集成计量系统,该系统将帮助用户调整部件几何尺寸以适应烧结后的收缩,并通过记录任何普遍的制造错误来鉴定系统制造的资格。

UTEP leverages the M-Flex® 3D printer for direct metal printing as well as sand casting.

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