Aurora Labs, Bibra Lake, Australia, reports that it has substantially increased the speed of its Rapid Manufacturing Technology (RMT). Following tests carried out by the company on its RMP1, the first model in its series of RMT metal Additive Manufacturing systems, the company stated that it has achieved a build speed of 350 kg per day, an improvement of 2000% from its initial build rate twelve months ago.
The company stated that these results show that the RMP1 can manufacture metal parts at a price that is cost competitive with traditional manufacturing. David Budge, Managing Director, commented, “This is an outstanding result for Aurora Labs and one that underlines the potential of our metal 3D printing capability. Our RMP1 machine has the ability to produce high-quality parts, in a timeframe of hours – as opposed to traditional parts manufacturing that can have lead times of months.”
“When you consider that we recorded print speeds of 15.8 kg per day on the Alpha Printer last September, this equates to a greater than 2000% speed improvement in twelve months,” he continued. “The technical development of our Rapid Manufacturing Technology is occurring in parallel with some exciting progress in our market development activities.”
Budge further stated that Aurora Labs is continuing to make progress with Gränges AB, with whom it signed a Memorandum of Understanding on aluminium Additive Manufacturing and the supply of aluminium metal powders in July, to convert the MoU into a formal agreement.
“We have held successful meetings with Gränges in both Stockholm and Perth to map out the relationship and we are now conducting further discussions around research projects and a pre-order for an RMP1 printer,” he added. The company reported that it is also seeing interest from a number of other potential customers, including a US medical group, two major global industrial groups, a US aerospace company, a major global steel producer and global international car manufacturers.
“There is no doubt the global resources, industrial and manufacturing sectors are aware of the potential of Aurora’s 3D metal printing to reduce costs and free up capital that is currently locked away in spare parts inventories, and today’s news will add to that interest,” Budge noted.