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World’s Largest Laser Powder Additive Machine

Business Wire reports on a brand-new announcement by GE Additive, which is part of the GE brand.  GE Additive plans to create “the world’s largest laser-powder additive manufacturing machine.  This machine will 3D print aviation parts one meter in diameter, suitable for making jet engine structural components and parts for single-aisle aircraft.”

This laser-powder additive machine will have a “build envelop of one meter cubed (1000mm x 1000 mm x 1000 mm).”  While GE Additive announced this development project at the Paris Air Show, they plan to unveil it in November at the Formnext Show in Frankfurt, Germany.

Mohammad Ehteshami, Vice President and General Manager of GE Additive, explains the machine’s properties: “the machine will 3D print aviation parts…suitable for making jet engine structural components and parts for single-aisle aircraft.  The machine will also be applicable for manufacturers in the automotive, power, and oil & gas industries.”

“The initial technology demonstrator machine, called ‘ATLAS,’ is a laser-powder machine and will be ‘meter-class’ (1000mm) in at least two directions.  The GE team has been developing the machine over the past two years and several proof-of-concept machines have been built.”

“In the machine’s production version, the build geometry will be customizable and scalable for an individual customer’s project.  Its feature resolution and build-rate speeds will equal or better today’s additive machines.  It is also designed to be used with multiple materials, including non-reactive and reactive materials (such as aluminum and titanium).”

Image and Quotes Courtesy of GE and Business Wire

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