Metal powders machine to boost additive manufacturing

Australian industrial 3D-printing specialist Aurora Labs has developed a machine prototype for the production of metal powders, which have the potential to increase additive manufacturing worldwide.

The company’s powder production unit is undergoing final testing and, if successful, will allow Aurora to move into the development of various powders that will benefit a large format printer.

Once production begins, a large demand for metal powders could add value to international markets including oil and gas, medical, and aerospace, according to a company statement.

The company, which specialises in the development of 3D metal printers, powders and digital parts, intends to build a single, full-sized powder production unit capable of producing five tonnes of powder per day, following testing.

“Although this milestone is not part of our Large Format Technology Timeline, it is a considerable one,” said Aurora Labs managing director David Budge.

“Once the machine has been tested, we will commence the development of powders, which we believe will strengthen the attractiveness of our large format printer.”

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