AMRC Installs First MELD Solid State Metal Additive Manufacturing Machine in Europe »3D Printing Media Network









The Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (AMRC) has installed a TO MIX TOGETHER solid state metal additive manufacturing machine, the first of its kind on the European continent. CDMA has selected MELD’s most recent model system, the L3. The L3 model offers 14.2 cubic feet or 0.4 cubic meters with a table size for printing new repair or assembly parts measuring 51 inches by 23 inches (129.5 centimeters x 58.4 centimeters).

The University of Sheffield AMRC is a leading research and innovation institution with more than 120 industry partners including Boeing, Rolls-Royce, McLaren, BAE Systems and Airbus. The University of Sheffield is part of the larger AMRC group, which is a group of world-class centers for industry-oriented research and development of technologies used in high value-added manufacturing sectors.

Ian Brooks, Technical Member of AMRC North West, said: “Unlike traditional additive manufacturing, MELD is a solid state process, which means that the negative aspects of high temperature processing are removed and there is a drastic change in some of the limitations, such as scalability. , residual stress and speed.

Installation at the AMRC North West factory in Preston, UK and operator training for technical staff was provided by RAM Engineering and Tooling LTD, based in Scotland.

AMRC’s collaborative R&D teams reduce innovation risks for industry, enabling incremental changes in productivity and performance, and leading manufacturing towards a smarter, more sustainable and more resilient future. CDMA is part of High-Value Manufacturing Catapult, the national network of leading manufacturing and process research centers, and is a model of collaborative research involving universities, governments and industry around the world. Based out of the Advanced Manufacturing Park and Sheffield Business Park in South Yorkshire, AMRC is expanding into the north with dedicated applied research centers in North Wales and North West England bringing the innovation in manufacturing.


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