AML3D Limited, Edinburgh, Australia, has sold an Arcemy® Additive Manufacturing machine to the RMIT Centre for Additive Manufacturing, part of Australia’s Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT), for approximately AUS$400,000. Once installed and commissioned, the new machine is expected to be used with a number of metal alloy grades for post-doctorate research, education and industry-related applications at the RMIT.
The Arcemy machine uses a process that AML3D calls WAM®, also known as Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM), a wire-based form of Directed Energy Deposition (DED). It is capable of additively manufacturing all metallic alloys up to dimensions of 1.5 m3 and mass of ~750 kg with a deposition rate of up to 7-8 kg/hour, depending on the material being used. Arcemy machines are certified across a wide range of welding wire feedstock-based metals, which is said to make them more flexible than powder-based solutions.
“It’s encouraging to see Universities and Research institutes seeing the value in our Arcemy printing modules and educational research into the WAM process,” stated Andy Sales, AML3D’s Managing Director. “To be able to supply the RMIT Additive Manufacturing Centre with our sophisticated integrated wire-based Arcemy 3D printing unit, under the guidance of Prof Milan Brandt and industry expert Alex Kingsbury is exciting and endorsing. There is an expectation that we will work closely with RMIT in the future around specific R&D programs that will benefit both parties in research, industry application and student based learning and research.”
Prof Brandt, the Centre Director, commented, “We are excited to be working closely with AML3D on delivering this new 3D printing technology to Victorian organisations. The equipment funded through the Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund complements our current range of 3D printing technologies and opens the opportunities for working closely with Victorian and more broadly Australian organisations on delivering new products and processes based on this technology as well as training the next generation of engineers in digital manufacturing.”