GE Additive has unveiled the first BETA machine developed as part of its Project A.T.L.A.S. program at the formnext exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany, November 14-17, 2017. The metre-class, laser powder-bed fusion machine has been developed to provide manufacturers of large parts and components with a scalable solution that can be configured and customised to their own specific industry applications.
Project A.T.L.A.S. (Additive Technology Large Area System) is GE Additive’s company-wide program to develop the next generation large additive machines. This first BETA machine was developed in just nine months and complements the company’s existing portfolio of products.
Ideally suited to industries that require large complex metal parts, such as aviation, automotive, space and oil and gas industries, the new BETA machine builds on technology previously developed by GE, combined with Concept Laser’s expertise in laser additive machines. The first few BETA machines are currently being evaluated by a small group of customers and more are available for delivery in 2018.
“Irrespective of industry, every customer has its own specific needs and its own unique levels of complexity. We regularly hear that next-generation machines need to be customisable and configurable. The new meter-class machine we’re debuting at formnext is our response to that feedback – a solution that is scalable and customisable and meets the needs of our industry, as it matures,” said Mohammad Ehteshami Vice President and General Manager of GE Additive.
The BETA machine on display at formnext has a build volume of 1.1 x 1.1 x 0.3 m (x,y,z) with scalable architecture that can increase the ‘z’ axis to 1 m and beyond. It is powered by a 1 kW laser and claims a best in class feature resolution. Process and machine health monitoring are enabled by Predix software, GE’s cloud-based operating system.
“Bringing innovation and technologies to market in just nine months demonstrates exactly what we mean by accelerating the additive manufacturing industry. Our Project A.T.L.A.S. is one way we are helping our customers be more efficient and nimble as the sector matures,” said Frank Herzog, founder and CEO, Concept Laser. “This demonstrates what’s possible when we combine the strength of Concept Laser with GE.”