Aurora Labs, Bibra Lake, Australia, has reported using its Multi-level Concurrent Printing (MCP™) technology to produce a number of complex 10 mm high titanium parts on a 200 mm build plate in just 20 minutes. The company also reported that its MCP Additive Manufacturing process was successfully used to produce high-density aluminium parts.
Aurora Labs is an industrial technology company that specialises in the development of metal Additive Manufacturing systems, powders and AM parts. The company’s Rapid Manufacturing Technology (RMT) production process is reportedly capable of achieving print speeds of up to 113 kg/day using its Multi-level Concurrent Printing system. In the MCP process, the system prints multiple layers simultaneously in a single pass. By printing on multiple levels at once, Aurora’s machine is said to overcome key speed limitations in the AM process.
In testing, the titanium hexagonal shaped parts were used as an example of the technology’s ability to manufacture complex shapes at high speeds. “This as an exciting test for us, following on from our result in February that achieved 3D print speeds of 113 kilograms per day,” stated David Budge, Aurora Labs’ Managing Director. “This outcome will give our partners and future customers confidence that we have an Additive Manufacturing solution that can deliver the Holy Grail of rapid 3D printing, which is looking to revolutionise the production of parts in a whole range of applications.”
Further positive results were reported during the first test run of Aurora’s prototype Alpha RMT machine. The system manufactured an aluminium part at a density of around 99%. “This is an early stage result and we are expecting to achieve further significant manufacturing improvements,” Budge continued. “Aluminium is in high demand for a range of high-value applications such as the automotive, aerospace and heat exchanger industries where consistent quality and meeting tight specifications is required.”