The University of Arizona’s microcampus at Kozybayev University in Kazakhstan has received its first industrial metal Additive Manufacturing machine, the HBD 350. Manufactured by China’s Guangdong Hanbang 3D Tech Co., Ltd. (HBD), and supplied in partnership with Top 3D Shop, based in Bakersfield, California, USA, the new machine is expected to transform the university’s research and development capabilities.
The Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) Additive Manufacturing machine from HBD is equipped with dual 500W fibre lasers and has a build volume of 325 x 325 x 400 mm, allowing the machine to be used not only for research and development, but also for industrial applications. It can process a wide range of metals, such as aluminium, stainless steel and titanium, and is suited to a variety of sectors, including aerospace and medical industries.
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“As a University, we plan to harness the capabilities of our new 3D printer to test innovative designs developed by the Transportation and Mechanical Engineering faculty, and we are particularly excited about our new capabilities to produce complex geometries not achievable with traditional manufacturing methods,” stated Savinkin Vitaly Vladimirovich, Associate Professor of the Department of Transportation and Mechanical Engineering, Kozybayev University, Kazakhstan Educational Impacts and Advantages for Students.
For Kozybayev University students, the HBD 350 serves as an entry point to experiential learning, rapid prototyping, and cross-disciplinary collaboration. The machine demonstrates sustainable manufacturing by reducing material waste and energy consumption. It also prepares students with sought-after skills for the changing labour market, promoting innovation and entrepreneurship.
The Top 3D Shop is a reseller of HBD in the USA and Kazakhstan, and provides training and support to its customers. Savinkin Vitaly Vladimirovich, Associate Professor of the Department of Transportation and Mechanical Engineering, Kozybayev University, Kazakstan, added, “The Top 3D Shop team excelled not just in delivering the HBD 350 printer but also in their comprehensive training and setup support at our university. Their experts, along with HBD engineers, dedicated two weeks to meticulously train our staff, ensuring expertise in operation, software mastery, and maintenance for longevity.”
“This thorough preparation culminated in our successful certification by HBD, affirming our proficiency and enabling us to certify others in this cutting-edge technology – a testament to Top 3D Shop’s exceptional partnership.”