Technologies competing to build the world’s largest additive manufacturing machine – Metrology and Quality News


Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) recently won a $5.2 million contract with the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) that includes building the world’s largest additive manufacturing (AM) machine. The project aims to overcome the limitations of current AM equipment to build longer parts for critical defense applications.

“We are thrilled to play a part in this revolutionary advancement in the AM,said Edward J. Sheehan, Jr., CTC President and CEO. “The technical work we are performing for this project includes elements of CTC’s full-service portfolio of AM capabilities, including design, testing, post-processing, machining and qualification.”

CTC is working with contractor SLM Solutions in the USA to build this industrial metal 3D printer/machine with an extended build envelope of 1.5 meters in the Z axis.

“Partnering with CTC, a leading research and development company, will help us achieve the goal of building new AM capability,” said Sam O’Leary, CEO of SLM Solutions. “We look forward to collaborating on an AM machine that will run much faster than existing equipment and feature by far the largest build envelope in the industry.”

Concurrent Technologies Corporation is an independent, not-for-profit, professional applied scientific research and development services organization. CTC works with its technology transition subsidiary, Enterprise Ventures Corporation, to deliver transformative, full-lifecycle solutions through research, development, testing and evaluation.

For more information: www.ctc.com

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