Aurora Labs, a metal 3D printer manufacturer based in Australia, has announced the first successful test of its Large Format Technology (LFT) for 3D printing complex components at high speeds.
“This is probably the most important step in history because it fundamentally demonstrates the potential of this technology to revolutionize the market for metal manufacturing.” said David Budge, Managing Director of Aurora Labs.
Large Format Technology
Earlier this year, 3D Printing Industry spoke to Nathan Henry, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Aurora Labs, following Aurora Labs’ new plans for a forthcoming large format machine. This machine is intended to 3D print metal up to a size of 1.5m x 1.5m x 2.5m (L x W x H) at a rate 100 times faster than existing systems.
Successfully scaling Aurora Labs' LFT
Aurora Labs used its first fully functional LFT machine, the Alpha 3D printer, which has a print envelope of 200x200x200mm, and its CP Ti Grade 1 powder, to create a component with a complex lattice structure. According to Aurora Labs, this part achieved a speed equivalent of 662g/h (15.88 kg per day). This speed is eight times greater than Aurora Labs' defined standard market speed of a 3D printer with a similar size, which is 81.7g/h (1.96 kg per day).