Titomic, an industrial scale additive manufacturing company based in Melbourne, Australia, has launched the world’s largest and fastest metal 3D printer, a development CEO Jeff Lang claimed will revolutionise the manufacturing industry.
“This machine will redefine the size of 3D systems using a revolutionary method never before realised until today,” Philip Vafiadis, Chair and Non-Executive Director said.
Titomic put the printer to test for the first time to a crowd of investors and press at a launch event on Wednesday 16 May.
The printer is nine metres long, three metres wide and 1.5 metres tall, this makes it nearly five times larger than the world’s next biggest 3D printer and has been in the making for ten years.
“Today is a pioneering moment in the future of manufacturing”, Jeff Lang, CEO, Titomic said. According to Jeff, the capabilities go beyond what was ever possible before, with a build-speed of 45kg per hour compared to industry standard of 1kg in 24 hours.
Different to other metal and plastic 3D printers, the Titomic printer uses technology Jeff Lang describes as kinetic fusion.
Kinetic fusion uses a gas-powered jet stream to shoot out the material at such a speed that it fuses onto the mould plate. This provides more opportunities for large-scale 3D printing as the materials do not need to be kept in a glass cage. According to Jeff, the result of not melting the metal allows for faster and larger scale projects.
For Titomic, this technology has a number of applications for a variety of sectors. Jeff’s vision includes this technology being used on ship years, mining locations as well as used within the aerospace sector. There is also more consumer-based applications such as the ability to print bike frames and luggage. “There is no limitation for what the future can hold – the sky is the limit,” Jeff said.
At the launch event in Melbourne, Titomic demonstrated the capabilities of the machine for the first time with a live demonstration of the machine by printing Titomic’s logo.