Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC), Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA, was recently awarded a $5.2 million US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) contract that involves building what is claimed to be the world’s largest Additive Manufacturing machine. The project intends to overcome the limits of current Additive Manufacturing equipment to build longer parts for critical defence applications.
“We are excited to play a role in this ground-breaking AM advancement,” stated Edward J Sheehan, Jr, CTC president and CEO. “The technical work we are performing for this project includes elements of CTC’s full-service portfolio of AM capabilities including design, testing, post-processing, machining, and qualification.”
Concurrent Technologies is working with subcontractor SLM Solutions Group AG to build this industrial metal Additive Manufacturing machine with an extended 1.5 m build envelope in the Z-axis.
“Partnering with CTC, a premier research and development company, will help us achieve the goal to create a new AM capability,” added Sam O’Leary, CEO, SLM Solutions. “We look forward to collaborating on an AM machine that will work much faster than existing equipment and feature the largest build envelope in the industry by far.”