GE Additive says it is creating the world’s largest laser-powder additive manufacturing machine. Tailored for the aerospace industry, the machine will be able to print in a “build envelop” of one meter cubed (1000mm x 1000mm x 1000mm), according to GE.
The machine will 3D print aviation parts suitable for making jet engine structural components and single-aisle aircrafts, as can be used for the automotive, power, and oil and gas industries, as well, says GE.
The initial technology demonstrator machine, called ‘Atlas’, is a laser/powder machine and will be ‘meter-class’ (1000mm) in at least two directions. The machine is designed to be used with multiple materials, including non-reactive and reactive materials (such as aluminium and titanium).
GE is targeting first deliveries of the machine in late 2018.
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