US Army Engineer Research Center deploys MX3D’s M1 for metal Additive Manufacturing

March 14, 2024

March 14, 2024

MX3D’s M1 Metal Additive Manufacturing machine is now operational at the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (Courtesy MX3D)
MX3D’s M1 Metal Additive Manufacturing machine is now operational at the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (Courtesy MX3D)

MX3D, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, has reported that the M1 metal Additive Manufacturing machine supplied to the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) of the US Department of Defense (DoD) located in Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA, is now operational. The M1, deployed at the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory, utilises wire-based Directed Energy Deposition (DED) technology and can manufacture components from a wide range of materials, including stainless steels, steel, aluminium and aluminium bronze.

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The M1 is a turnkey solution capable of producing parts up to 750 kg with eight axes, and several tons with six axes. The build speed varies depending on the geometry, applicable standards, and alloy type but thin-walled parts typically have a deposition rate of 1-2 kg per hour, while thicker parts can be manufactured at a rate of 5-8 kg per hour.

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March 14, 2024

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