Additive manufacturing process involves building up selectively-deposited, sintered, melted or cured material layer by layer, which contrasts sharply with traditional manufacturing techniques which subtract or remove material to create a component.
ARIC hosts two of the largest industrial additive manufacturing machines that are commercially available, accommodating the EOS M400-4 based on the laser-powder bed fusion (L-PBF) technology and a BigRep One, employing the fuse deposition modelling (FDM) approach.
The EOS M400-4 is a multi-laser metal printing machine with a capability to print a range of metals including titanium, aluminum, nickel and stainless steel in a 400 mm cube build envelope. The machine can manufacture components to a resolution of 80 microns.
The BigRep One is a twin headed machine with the capability of printing high-temperature resistant, hardened, flexible and standard polymers. It has a build envelope of a one meter cube and an ability to manufacture components to a resolution of 0.4mm.
- EOS 400-4 3D metal printer based on direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) technology. The machine has a build volume of 400 x 400 x 400 mm and can be used with a wide range of metal powders.
- Nabertherm NW440 furnace with a maximum operating temperature of 1300 oC
- Microblaster PM950ZI micro-blasting equipment with internal operating dimensions of 410 mm (width) and 320 mm (height).
- KASTOwin3 CNC band saw for removing printed parts from the baseplate.
- BigRep One 3D FDM printer with a capability to build 1 x 1 x 1 meter components.