GE Additive Releases First Image of H1 Binder Jet Additive Manufacturing Machine

GE Additive today released the first image of a prototype of a new additive manufacturing machine based on binder jet technology, named H1.

The company, which notably acquired Arcam and Design laser around the same time last year, says the platform “will eventually defy the need for castings” and thereby ensure cost savings on tooling, molds and infrastructure. Further iterations will be made of the H1 as we move into the new year, with the first production machines scheduled to ship in mid-2018.

After having introduced the first machine of the ATLAS project to formnext powered by TCT last month, GE Additive followed up with a machine it believes is faster than any other binder jet rig on the market. It can print large parts in a range of materials, such as stainless steel, nickel and iron alloys.

The company believes the machine will “disrupt traditional manufacturing,” especially in industries that require components that can withstand demanding environments.

“We are seeing strong demand for binder jet technology in the aerospace and automotive industries,” commented Mohammed Ehteshami, vice president and general manager of GE Additive. laser and EBM modalities by developing and commercializing new technologies.

“We have a step-by-step approach to innovation and product development. I challenged the team to develop this new machine in 55 days. They came early with the design process to first impression. taking only 47 days. “

From formnext, GE Additive has also announced the opening of its first international Customer Experience Center in Munich. Concept Laser also revealed plans for a new R&D and production facility, while Arcam issued a statement announcing the impending departures of CEO Magnus Rene and CFO Johan Brandt.

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