GE Additive is Building the Largest Metal 3D Printer in the World

GE Additive has revealed its building the worlds largest metal 3D printer. The as yet unnamed machine is planned for release next year. Printing metals is a hot topic of the 3D printing industry at the moment. Concept Laser are at it,drawing interestfrom the likes of GE Additive, who is now a hefty stakeholder. Its … Continue reading “GE Additive is Building the Largest Metal 3D Printer in the World”

GE Additive has revealed its building the worlds largest metal 3D printer. The as yet unnamed machine is planned for release next year.

Printing metals is a hot topic of the 3D printing industry at the moment. Concept Laser are at it,drawing interestfrom the likes of GE Additive, who is now a hefty stakeholder. Its big business.

Which is perhaps why GE Additive is doubling down with plans to go even bigger and better. The company has lifted the lid on the news that it is creating a huge metal 3D printer, said to be the worlds largest.

The printer appears to use direct metal laser sintering, from what we can glean from a report on the GE website. This is a process in which a high powered laser traces the parts print path through a mist of fine metal powder. Consequently the metal melts and reforms into a solid which, when repeated layer by layer much like any other 3D printing method, gradually forms the finished, seamless metal part.

The first working unit, dubbed Atlas, demonstrates the technology at a reduced build volume from the proposed final production unit. When finalized, the machine will be capable of printing in a space of 1 cubic meter.

General Electrics new 3D printing arm, GE Additive, is developing the printer. Mohammad Ehteshami, vice president and general manager of GE Additive said:

The machine will 3D print aviation parts suitable for making jet engine structural components and parts for single-aisle aircraft It will also be applicable for manufacturers in the automotive, power, and oil and gas industries.

Currently, Concept Laser creates the biggest metal power printer. However, the German companys engineers will working with GE Additive to develop the new machine. Check out the video below for a demonstration of  Concept Lasers progress in this field.

Due to the increased build volume this new machine will potentially offer, prints such as such as engine blocks in their entirety become a tantalizing prospect. Such big prints could dramatically cut down on time, waste and costs.

Its curious though that GE Additive, as a major stakeholder in Concept Laser, should work on its own competing product. Perhaps a scatter-gun approach to stake a large claim on this budding and lucrative fork of the industry. Regardless of the reason, theres no doubt that there is a market for the machines.

At theParis Air Showalone where GE Additive announced the new printer all manner of jumbo jets are on show that benefit from metal 3D printing. Including the Airbus A350 XWB, which flies with parts in its wings that were fabricated on machines by Concept Laser.

GE Additive plans to unveil the final version of its metal printing machine in Germany at theFormnext show, in November.

The machine is due to release next year. But until then, Ehteshami adds: We have customers collaborating with us, and they will receive beta versions of the machine by years end.

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The words largest 3d printer Your thoughts?

The words largest 3d printer. Your thoughts?The words largest 3d printer. Your thoughts?

June 24, 2009 02:21AMRegistered: 9 years ago

A friend posted this link onto my McWire build log. Seems a movie studio has built the worlds largest 3d printer. It prints artificial sandstone. It can print a 3m x 3m x 3m object.

I think this is awesome. Imagine a printed house or the sculpture art that can be created with this machine. From the image they included it looks like they took care of the extreme angle overhang problems too.Gene HackerRe: The words largest 3d printer. Your thoughts?

June 24, 2009 12:21PMRegistered: 9 years ago

Reminds of giant CNC milling machines they use to make nuclear reactor containment vessels.kitepRe: The words largest 3d printer. Your thoughts?

June 24, 2009 06:47PMRegistered: 8 years ago

June 26, 2009 05:23AMRegistered: 8 years ago

There was an idea posted on CNET of a giant cartesian bot that could print a house (yes one you could live in) using a 3 axis bot and a concrete pump.

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June 26, 2009 02:11PMRegistered: 8 years ago

In the item that I was watching they had also referenced repRap an Fab@Home, over a year a go, thats how I knew about RepRap being here

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June 26, 2009 04:45PMRegistered: 9 years ago

Theres been some discussion about printing out wax for lost wax casting, but the parts are not reuseable. Cement possibly could be, you could use sand casting sand with casting sand binder to make shells, and then pour sand around to contain any outflow pressure, and so long as you design in clean release lines, the cement should last for several casts. Same deal with modeling clay. Wasps do something similiar, and bees with wax and honeycomb.Sorry, only registered users may post in this forum.

How a West African lab made a 3D printer from toxic e-waste

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African innovations that could change the world

Welcome, to the bleeding-edge of African innovation: VR, 3D printing, AI and the rest. The continent isnt just driving technological change for Africa, but for the world.

to discover the inventions and innovations coming out of Africa.

3D printing- 3D printing is gaining traction in Africa. In 2013, WoeLabs tech hub in Togo made the first Made in Africa 3D printer from e-waste. They want to use the 3D printer to revolutionize Africa. Theyre starting by putting a machine in every school within 1km of the workshop. Buni Hub is another tech center, based in Tanzania, that is building 3D printers.Hide Caption1 of 15>

Photos:African innovations that could change the worldBiomedical smart jacketPneumonia is a deadly condition. Its responsible for16% of all deaths of children under five.A main contributing factor to this is slow diagnosis. Ugandan inventor Brian Turyabagye has created a biomedical smart jacket that can diagnose the condition four times faster than a doctor. Its also more accurate. It analyzes the chest and then sends the information via Bluetooth to a smartphone app.

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Photos:African innovations that could change the worldAfricas space raceAfrican countries are developing groundbreaking technology for space exploration. Look no further than the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) in South Africa which, once completed, is set to be worlds largest telescope. It will allow scientists to look many times deeper into space.

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Photos:African innovations that could change the worldVirtual RealityVR has the potential to change many industries. One example is mining, a profession which has its dangers and risks. In an effort to create a safe yet accurate training environment, a team at the University of Pretoria, South Africa have a created the continents firstVR mine. The center allows students and mining staff to train in a simulated mining environment. African filmmakers are also making forays into VR experimentation. Examples of recent releases areLet This Be A WarningandThe Other Dakar.Hide Caption4 of 15>

Photos:African innovations that could change the worldAfricas homegrown car industryMade in Africa cars are on the rise. Mobius Motors, pictured above, are a Kenyan based car company who are releasing the second model of their stripped-down, cost-effective but luxury SUV built for rough terrains. They aim to sell the car to the African mass market, and anywhere else in the world with poor quality roads.

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Photos:African innovations that could change the worldFusing neurons with silicon technologyNigerian inventor, Osh Agabi, has created a device that fuses live neurons from mice stem cells into a silicon chip — for the first time. The device can be used to detect explosives and cancer cells.

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Photos:African innovations that could change the worldRevolutionizing rural healthcareCameroonian entrepreneur, Arthur Zang, has invented a touch-screen heart monitoring device that records, and then sends heart activity to a national healthcare center for evaluation. It could have hugely positive potential for rural populations far from hospitals.

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Photos:African innovations that could change the worldArtifical intelligent farmingThe South Africa baseddrone software companyaims to help farmers optimize their output using artificial intelligence. They have created a data-analytics platform, Aeroview, which combines satellite, drone and artificial intelligence technology to improve agricultural practices.Hide Caption8 of 15>

Photos:African innovations that could change the worldRobot traffic wardensIn Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, traffic is a huge issue — like in many of the worlds megacities. Drivers spend hours stuck in traffic jams. A team of Congolese engineers, based at the Kinshasa Higher Institute of Applied Technique, have created human-like robots to help tackle problem. The machines are equipped with four cameras that allow them to record traffic flow. The information is then transmitted to a center where it can be analyzed, and then used to direct traffic.

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Photos:African innovations that could change the worldSolar energy revolutionAccording to theInternational Energy Agencyover 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to electricity.

Off Grid Electric, an African startup backed by Elon Musks Solar City, is looking to solve this by initiating the rapid supply of solar panels across Africa

They charge $7 a month for the system. It already powers 125,000 households.

Could this be a big step forward for the 1.3 billion people globally who lack access to electricity?

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Photos:African innovations that could change the worldPanic button appThree developers from Kenya, Marvin Makau, Edwin Inganji and Kenneth Gachukia, have created a panic button app that sends a distress signal with the shake of a phone. The app,Usalama, works by connecting people with emergency service providers, and sends their exact location when they shake their phone three times. It also alerts a next of kin and every other Usalama users within 200 meters. Theyre looking to expand their technology beyond the continent and help make people safer.Hide Caption11 of 15>

Photos:African innovations that could change the worldApp lending eyes to the blindBeSpecular, an app from South Africa, allows volunteers to remotely assist blind people. The app uses an algorithm to connect the right people, those similar in age and physical location.

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Photos:African innovations that could change the worldMobile bankingWhere the rest of the world has lagged behind, Africa has led the way with mobile payments.M-Pesais the most popular service and has 30 million users in 10 countries. Since it was first introduced 10 years ago, M-Pesa has inspired a range of similar services around the world and has helped reduce barriers to finance.

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Photos:African innovations that could change the world3D techThe Zamani Project, based in South Africa, is concerned with the preservation of African heritage sites. They use high-tech scanning systems which document these sites in remarkable detail.Click hereto read more about the project.Hide Caption14 of 15>

Photos:African innovations that could change the worldFlying carIts been the dream of sci-fi enthusiasts and inventors for decades, but has this Nigerian man created a flying jet car that can dodge traffic? Kehinde Durojaiye, or Kenny Jet, is attempting to build an aero-amphibious jet car. Hes driven it on sea and land. Now its only the air that he has left to conquer.

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A lab in Togo, West Africa, is behind 3D printer made from e-waste

Creators say it is the first Made in Africa 3D printer

(CNN)Electronic waste is (literally) a mounting crisis in Africa. Digital dumps made of junk phones, computers and TVs shipped mostly from richer Western countries are growing across Africa, burned producing unhealthy and hazardous gasses.

The problem is only getting worse. Fortunately, though, there are those working at a community level to raise awareness about e-waste and put it to some good use.

An innovative lab in Lom, the capital city of Togo in West Africa, is one such group. Theyve created the first Made in Africa 3D printer using e-waste.

WoeLab, a community tech hub established by architectSnam Koffi Agbodjinou, 37, made the machine using little more than scrap printers, computers and scanners.

The idea was born after Agbodjinou purchased a 3D printer for the lab. Upon seeing this, the young innovators based at the workshop decided to build their own. We wanted to see how we could build a new one but with our own resources, Agbodjinou tells CNN.

In 2013, after a year of collaborative work, they had produced the first 3D printer. Now they have 20 finished products and other labs in Africa are following suit.

Innovators at WoeLab building 3D printers.

WoeLabs opened in 2012 and is a grassroots network of inventors and entrepreneurs who want to build a digital democracy. For them, this starts with the 3D printer.

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Theyre planning to place a 3D printer in every school within one km of the lab to foster technological learning.

What we are concerned with is to try to create in the young people a confidence in themselves in their capacity to realise projects, Agbodjinou says.

Their machine is based on theRepRap low-cost 3D printing model, first designed by experts at the University of Bath. Its capable of printing plastic objects within a size of 50cm cubed.

The model was created as part of a collaborative project at the hub.

While the 3D printer was a huge breakthrough for WoeLab, it is part of a much broader and bold ambition to make Africa a tech-centered continent.

The idea is that the African city of tomorrow will be built by our own innovation spaces, Agbodjinou explains.

WoeLab has about 50 people working in the space, and a second lab opened in Lom earlier this year.

There are 10 startups based in WoeLab pursuing projects ranging from building robots to tackling waste.

The 3D printer was the first one in Africa made from e-waste. Now incubation hubs across the continent are looking to this new technology.

WoeLabs arent the only technologists hoping to unlock the potential of 3D printing.

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Students atBuni Hub, a mini fabrication lab in Tanzania, have similarly created a 3D printer using waste electronics.

3D printing is also being used to make prosthetic limbs in Africa, like in Sudan, where the organizationNot Impossibleare helping amputees.

We want to bring these technologies to Africa, and see how Africans can develop and understand them in an effort to create African possibilities, Agbodjinou says.

A man burns electronic waste on the biggest electronic scrap yard of Africa in Agbogbloshie, a district of the Ghanaian capital.

Electronic waste blights the continent. Every year huge volumes of old and broken electronic devices are thrown away and dumped in toxic landfills across Africa.

Tremendous amounts of it,42 megatons per annum globally, are discarded in places like nearby Agbogbloshie, Ghana, one of the worlds largest digital dumps.

Items like batteries, fridges and other equipment, produce deadly carcinogenic toxins. Less than one sixth of it is recycled or reused every year.

The approach by the team at WoeLabs shows the potential for community-driven action to take account of and reduce the amount of dangerous waste — and to make what Agbodjinou calls low high-tech: using recycled materials to provide new sources of income for Africans with limited access to technology.

Oak Ridge tool takes world record for largest 3D-printed object

Guinness World Records judge Michael Empric measures ORNLs 3D printed trim-and-drill tool, which is now the worlds largest solid 3D printed item

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is no stranger to impressive 3D printing feats, with a replica1965 Shelby Cobraand adwelling and vehiclewhich can power each other, already under its belt. Now a new plane wing trim-and-drill tool developed and 3D printed by ORNL has been certified by Guinness World Records as the largest solid 3D printed item.

Made from carbon fiber and ABS thermoplastic composite materials, the new tool measures 17.5 x 5.5 x 1.5 ft (5.3 x 1.7 x 0.5 m) and weighs around 1,650 lb (748 kg). To meet the requirements of the record, the item needed to be one solid piece of 10.6 cubic ft (0.3 cubic m), which a Guinness World Records judge confirmed at a ceremony.

The recognition by Guinness World Records draws attention to the advances were making in large-scale additive manufacturing composites research, says Vlastimil Kunc, leader of an ORNL team. Using 3D printing, we could design the tool with less material and without compromising its function.

Of course, the tool wasnt designed just for world record glory: printable in just 30 hours, its an impressive time and cost saver, considering the existing metal version currently takes about three months to manufacture.

Additively manufactured tools, such as the 777X wing trim tool, will save energy, time, labor and production cost and are part of our overall strategy to apply 3D printing technology in key production areas, says Leo Christodoulou, Boeings director of structures and materials.

As Christodoulou mentions, the trim-and-drill tool will be used in a new Boeing factory in St. Louis, put to work on the unique wings of the upcoming777X airliners, which are due to begin production next year. The company will provide feedback to ORNL on how well the tool performs over time.

Source:Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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GE Is Building The Worlds Largest Additive Machine For 3D Printing Metals

June 20, 2017 3D printing is growing up. Literally., a new GE business dedicated to supplying 3D printers, materials and engineering consulting services, announced today it is developing the worlds largest laser-powered 3D printer that prints parts from metal powder.

The printer will be able to make parts that fit inside a cube with 1-meter sides. The machine will 3D print aviation parts suitable for making jet engine structural components and parts for single-aisle aircraft, saidMohammad Ehteshami, vice president and general manager ofGE Additive. It will also be applicable for manufacturers in the automotive, power, and oil and gas industries.

Additive machinesfuse together fine layers of powdered metalwith a laser beam and print three-dimensional objects directly from a computer file. With few limits on the final shape, the method gives engineers new freedoms and eliminates the need for factories filled with specialized machines or expensive tooling. This is an engineers dream, Ehteshami says.

Ehteshamis business made the announcement Tuesday at the Paris Air Show. It plans to unveil the machine in November at the Formnext Show in Frankfurt, Germany.

GE Aviation is already printing fuel nozzles for theLEAP familyof jet engines that power next-generation Airbus, Boeing and COMAC single-aisle jets. Airbus and Boeing brought two of the planes to Paris this week. The company also is developing theAdvanced Turboprop, the first commercial aircraft engine in history with a large portion of components made byadditive manufacturingmethods, which include 3D printing. The designers reduced 855 separate parts down to just 12. As a result, more than a third of the engine is 3D-printed.

An engine block printed on a Concept Laser machine. Image credit: Concept Laser.

Another plane flying in Paris is an Airbus A350 XWB, which haswing bracketsmade on a 3D printer designed by the German company Concept Laser. Last year, GE acquired a majority stake inConcept Laserand the company is now part of GE Additive. Concept Laser currently makes the largest metal power printer (see video above) and its engineers will work on the new machine together with GE experts.

The first demonstrator version of the printer, called ATLAS, will 3D print objects up to 1 meter long in at least two directions from titanium, aluminum and other metals.

The first demonstrator version of the printer, called ATLAS, will 3D print objects up to 1 meter long in at least two directions from titanium, aluminum and other metals. Image credit: Concept Laser.

The production version, still to be named, will extend the third dimension to a meter. GE Additive said the machines build geometry will be customizable and scalable for an individual customers project. Its feature resolution and build-rate speeds will equal or better todays additive machines.

We have customers collaborating with us, and they will receive beta versions of the machine by years end, Ehteshami said. The production version will be available for purchase next year, he said.

To read the report on GE Reports, presshere.

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Qingdao Unique Products Develop Co. Ltd, a Chinese maker of 3D printers, has unveiled the worlds largest 3D printer. The company wants to print entire houses using 3D printing. The massive 3D printer has a build volume of 12 m x 12 m x 12 m. According to Wang Hong, the companys founder and CEO, the team has spent the last 6 months developing this giant printer. It weighs more than 120 tons and was assembled using cranes and other machines. The giant 3D printer is currently placed in the High-tech Zone of local 3D Printing Industrial Park and will be open to the public. Its first task is to print a seven-meter high Temple of Heaven, the largest extant sacrificial temple in China, using the fused deposition modeling process.

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The worlds largest 3D-printed structure, designed by SOM and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will be presented to the public for the first time at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas this January. The building is part of the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) demonstration projectan effort that brought together leaders from government and industry to pioneer innovative methods for building and operating energy-saving structures.

SOM and its partners optimized the structures form to reduce the amount of material used and to express three-dimensional printings ability to deploy complex, organic geometries. The project also pioneers two-way, wireless energy sharing between a 3D-printed vehicle, the power grid, and photovoltaics embedded in the structure.

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The Big Delta printer is due to be unveiled on September 18

WASP (Worlds Advanced Saving Project) is set to unveil Big Delta, reportedly the worlds largest delta 3D printer, later this week. This 12-meter (40 ft) tall behemoth was brought to life with the purpose of building nearly zero-cost housing through the use of local materials and as little energy as possible, offering quick and inexpensive relief to disaster areas and addressing the future housing needs of a rapidly growing world population.

Building houses quickly and on a very tight budget through additive manufacturing, be iton Earthonanother planetentirely, is a very interesting proposition for more than one good reason. In space, this would afford us huge amounts of design flexibility, giving way tounusual but highly functionalstructures that simply couldnt be assembled any other way.

Back on our own planet, 3D-printed houses may be about to become more and more commonplace as the United Nationspredictsthere will be a need for almost a hundred thousand new homes daily, worldwide, for the next 15 years.

Cheap and quick to build housing units could also be a good fit for, among other things, bringing quick relief to areas hit by natural disasters like earthquakes, tornadoes and floods. With the cost, energy and material restraints being as severe as they are in an emergency situation, its well worth looking for solutions from unusual sources of inspiration.

Arguably, none does the job better than thepotter wasp, which builds its nest by methodically depositing countless layers of ubiquitous mud on top of each other, forming a shape that resembles a clay pot. As such, this industrious insect may well be the worlds smallest (and most environmentally-friendly) 3D printer.

Italian engineering company WASP, which manufactures 3D printers in all sizes, has recently been focused on taking after its namesake and building (human-sized) shelters of its own. Last year, the companyshowcaseda 4.5 m (15 ft) tall printer that could work with simple but highly versatile materials such as mud, clay or natural fibers. Now, the company has gone even bigger with a record-breaking 12 m (40 ft) tall printer called the Big Delta.

Supported by a sturdy metal frame 6 m (20 ft) in diameter, a rotating nozzle doubles as a mixer that keeps printing materials homogeneous, while reportedly requiring only tens of watts of power to work. The possible building materials are plenty, ranging from mud to clay that can be structurally reinforced with small amounts of chemical additives, down to, potentially, cement (though this would contrast with the companys green agenda).

The company says it is also working on a collaboration to provide health assistance in disaster areas through 3D-printed housing that would add an insect repellent to its walls.

Due to its great flexibility in shapes, sizes and choice of materials, 3D-printed housing has more potential than merely addressing disaster area needs or the surging population in the developing world. In fact, WASP reports that the town of Iglesias, in the southern coast of Sardinia, has already shown interest in the Big Delta, and currently the historic municipality appears to be the most likely location for the first housing units to be built using the printer.

The Big Delta will be presented this Friday during a three-day event in Massa Lombarda.

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Worlds largest sculpture made using a 3D printer unveiled – and its a complete car

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Worlds largest sculpture made using a 3D printer unveiled – and its a complete car

While Nissan produces 58 cars every hour at its plant in Sunderland, UK, this bespoke version was complete over a three-week period

This impressive sculpture is the worlds largest 3D printed drawing and is a full-size replica of Nissans latest special edition car.

The amazing artwork was painstakingly hand-drawn by a talented team of 3D pen artists and took 800 hours to complete the replica Europes most popular crossover the Qashqai.

While Nissan produces 58 cars every hour at its plant in Sunderland, UK, this bespoke version was complete over a three-week period.

The final sculpture is 4.4 metres long and 1.6 metres high the same as the the car manufacturers Black Edition.

Launching the innovation on the mass market, the 3Doodler Create 3D pen allows anyone to draw in the air to produce unique three-dimensional shapes and patterns.

It works by heating solid plastic to 230C and forcing it through a nozzle just 0.7 mm wide as it cools.

Led by artist Grace Du Prez, the team of artists brought the Qashqai Black Edition to life with an astonishing 13.8 kilometres of plastic strands.

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Ms Du Prez said: Ive been drawing with 3Doodlers pens for a few years now, but this is by far and away my most ambitious commission to date.

It demonstrates how far 3D printing technology has come and how it can be used by anyone.

Koji Nagano, Vice President, Nissan Design Europe, added: At Nissan we always encourage initiatives where design can be expressed through new and innovative technologies.

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3D Hybrid Solutions with Multiax to launch worlds largest metal 3D printer at RAPID

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Based in Philadelphia, 3D Hybrid Solutions develops additive manufacturing tools for existing CNC machinery. The joint venture, which will be unveiled inPittsburgh during the RAPID conference, combines this expertise with Multiaxs large-scale 5-axis CNC machines. Resulting in a machine which the company claims is the worlds largest metal 3D printer with a build chamber of 500 cubic meters.

According to 3D Hybrid Solutions, not only will the system be the largest metal 3D printer, it will also be one of the fastest metal 3D printers with speeds beyond 20 pounds per hour. The system reportedlyoffers a printable and machine-able space in excess of 500 cubic meters.

Our proprietary deposition head technology is superior to the competition, yielding higher quality parts.

This technology can use both Wire or Powder Feed Stockand the company lists several applicable materials including Inconel 718, Copper and many more. Its interesting that the company lists powder feed stock as it would be thought that the large scale device, attached to an existing CNC machine, would solely be using wire. 3D Hybrid Solutions has not yet disclosed which feed stock their largest metal 3D printer will use and its expected to be revealed at the RAPID conference.

In addition to this announcement, 3D Hybrid Solutions will also launch their Multi-Metal Printing Tool which will be offered to existing 5 axis CNC machines. The tool, they state, enables printing in 5-axis.

By combining 3D printing technology to CNC machinery, 3D Hybrid Solutions hopes to expand the scope of the technology.

The addition of a metal printing tool to a CNC machine embraces the inherent need of post machining, but also brings with it added values such as machined internal features, 5 axis printing, and the efficient approach of printing only what is necessary.

Founder of 3D Hybrid Solutions, Karl Hranka, furthers this as he says, Hybrid manufacturing is the future for medium to large-scale metal additive manufacturing. The combination of the two technologies, additive and CNC machining, is not a new concept as many other companies are exploring that avenue. Dutch initiative RAMLAB hasrecently showcased their first ship componentproduced using a hybrid manufacturing process.

Since most 3D printed parts do require some form of post-processing, combing additive with CNC machining is a natural concept. For this reason, Taiwaneese company,Tongtai Machine & Tool isintegrating Optomecs LENS Print Engineinto its hybrid machines.

3D Printing Industry will bring you more information about the printer when we visit RAPID next week.

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