GE Additive has released the first image of a prototype of a brand new additive machine (project name H1), based on binder jet technology that will eventually challenge the need for castings.
Further iterations of this machine will be made in early 2018 with the first production machines being shipped mid-2018.
The new binder jet machine which can print large parts with a range of materials, including stainless steel, nickel and iron alloys is set to disrupt traditional manufacturing techniques. The new machine aims to remove the need for castings and therefore expensive tooling, moulds and infrastructure are not required. This first machine is faster than any binder jet machine on the market today.
Mohammad Ehteshami, vice-president and general manager, GE Additive said: “We see great demand for binder jet technology in the aerospace and automotive sectors. We are committed to accelerating the additive manufacturing industry and will continue to build on our strength in the laser and EBM modalities by developing and bringing new technologies to market. We have a progressive approach to innovation and product development. I challenged the team to develop this new machine in 55 days. They came in ahead of time with the process of concept to first print taking only 47 days.”