Australian metal additive manufacturing company Aurora Labs has taken another significant step forwards in the development of its Rapid Manufacturing Technology (RMT), specifically regarding the process’ speed. According to recent tests conducted on the company’s RMP1 (the first of Aurora’s RMT metal 3D printer range), the company achieved print speeds of 350 kg/day.
The speed tests, carried out by Aurora at its Perth R&D facility, demonstrate a dramatic increase in the system’s speed over the past 12 months—a 2000% increase to be exact. The results show how hard the company has been working to up the speed of its RMT metal additive technology and to optimize the printing process on the whole.
“This is an outstanding result for Aurora Labs and one that underlines the potential of our metal 3D printing capability,” commented David Budge, Managing Director of Aurora Labs. “Our RMP1 machine has the ability to produce high quality parts, in a timeframe of hours—as opposed to traditional parts manufacturing that can have lead times of months.
Aurora Labs is currently in the midst of its commercialization journey for its RMP1 3D printer. In May, the company announced it had produced a fully operational RMP1 Beta system, which it plans to release this year to gather feedback from early users. The company’s commercialization strategy is multifaceted, involving pre-sale opportunities with industry partners and customers as well as continued work on the technology to improve speed and quality.
With the ability to print up to 350 kg/day, Aurora believes its technology will compete with traditional manufacturing processes in terms of time and cost.
“When you consider that we recorded print speeds of 15.8 kg/day on the Alpha Printer last September, this equates to a greater than 2000% speed improvement in 12 months,” Budge added. “The technical development of our Rapid Manufacturing Technology is occurring in parallel with some exciting progress in our market development activities.”
On that front, Aurora is making progress with Sweden-based aluminum manufacturer Gränges AB, which it signed an MOU with in July 2019. According to Budge, Aurora and Gränges are mapping out a more formal agreement which will involve the pre-order of its RMP1 3D printer.
The Perth-based company is also in discussions with a number of other potential customers, including a U.S.-based medical group, two major industrial groups, a U.S.-based aerospace company, a global steel manufacturing and global car manufacturers.
“There is no doubt the global resources, industrial and manufacturing sectors are aware of the potential of Aurora’s 3D metal printing to reduce costs and free up capital that is currently locked away in spare parts inventories, and today’s news will add to that interest,” concluded Budge. “We are excited about the progress we are making, both technically and commercially with potential partners who want access to our world-leading 3D metal manufacturing capability.