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SUN METALON raises extra $2 million in pre-series A funding

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After TOYOTA adopted its high-speed steel AM know-how, Japanese startup SUN METALON has raised $2 million in extra pre-series A funding from new traders Influence Science Ventures, i-nest capital, Scrum Ventures, and present investor D4V (Design for Ventures). This brings the whole quantity raised since inception to roughly 1.3 billion yen (US$9.7M).

Additionally, as a part of efforts to strengthen the inspiration for world growth, Dr. Adrian Keppler, former CEO of EOS, a number one steel 3D printer firm, will change into an outdoor director of the corporate on March 1, 2023, and Mark Cook dinner, former VP of 3D programs, additionally an essential steel 3D printer firm, will change into VP of Product and Enterprise Affairs on March 1, 2023.

SUN METALON raises additional $2 million in pre-series A funding as its metal AM technology is adopted by TOYOTA
SUN METALON Co-founders Kazuhiko Nishioka, CEO, and Kei Takizawa, VP of Enterprise Improvement & Operations on the best and heart of the picture.

Since its institution in February 2021, SUN METALON been striving to democratize and popularize steel 3D elements based mostly on its proprietary ultra-high-speed steel 3D printing know-how. The corporate has not made a variety of info public in regards to the precise nature of its 3D printing know-how apart from saying it’s “[up to] 500 occasions quicker than standard applied sciences”.

We’ve got discovered that it’s a “non-binder-based sinter know-how”. Additionally it is a powder-based course of which may imply it’s a water-based jetting course of (akin to, for instance, XJet’s nanoparticle jetting or one other powder mattress jetting course of that makes use of water because the binding agent). Different sinter-based processes that use solely a restricted amount of binder embrace advanced paste-based printing applied sciences akin to Tritone’s. We additionally know that the scrap powder used within the AM course of is extremely recyclable on-site and remodeled, safely and effectively, into reusable sources.

Sooner or later, the corporate says it should proceed to try to develop capabilities for steel elements to be produced anytime, anyplace utilizing native sources with SUNMETALON’s 3D printing know-how. Within the meantime, although, it has obtained an essential endorsement from Toyota Motor Company. The 2 firms collaborated to develop a brand new methodology for aluminum recycling that may cut back CO2 emissions.

“We’re proud to have been capable of work with TOYOTA, which has demonstrated world management and is making superior efforts to guard the worldwide surroundings, to develop a course of that has excellent potential,” mentioned Kazuhiko Nishioka, Co-Founder & CEO, SUN METALON Inc. “I’m very blissful and grateful to have labored facet by facet with TOYOTA proper from the founding of the corporate and to have reached this joint announcement. We are going to apply this know-how to mass manufacturing as quickly as doable.”

Verification experiments have confirmed the brand new course of contributes to cut back CO2 emissions and enhance security and high quality in comparison with standard aluminum recycling processes. TOYOTA has already bought gear manufactured by SUN METALON and has begun verification testing of the brand new course of. The outcomes had been collectively introduced on the Japan Foundry Engineering Society convention in Could 2023.

SUN METALON and TOYOTA will work collectively to develop the know-how to be prepared for mass manufacturing together with the development of grade stability and gear sturdiness. With a purpose to implement this know-how in society and to speed up improvement, each firms are searching for companions who share the identical imaginative and prescient and can work collectively to advertise future improvement. With that imaginative and prescient in thoughts, the 2 firms intend to construct a fair stronger improvement system that may assist firms collaborate on this effort.

SUN METALON will present the elemental know-how and Toyota will present the utilized know-how. The 2 firms have found numerous potential purposes (environmental affect discount, provide chain effectivity enchancment, and so on.) for native manufacturing of steel elements utilizing SUN METALON’s core steel forming know-how and can proceed to deepen their collaboration to broaden purposes inside TOYOTA.


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