Australian metal additive manufacturing company Aurora Labs has announced the development of its first high-powered laser powder bed fusion metal 3D printer.
The AL250 printer will be equipped with a 1,500W laser, which is larger than other models currently available in the market. The printer is expected to have a medium-sized build area of 250mm x 250mm, making it an ideal solution for local industrial, defense, and research customers.
Aurora Labs’ growing engagement with customers of its print services business has led the company to focus on industrial customers, with a specific focus on defense and research industries. The company claims that the robustness and reliability of its Alpha 2 and Beta prototypes were the driving force behind the development of the AL250 printer.
While this is not the company’s first commercially available printer, it is the first time that Aurora Labs has developed a high-powered printer for local manufacturing at competitive pricing, with required quality and reasonable supply timelines.
The announcement reflects the growing demand for metal additive manufacturing technologies, especially in the defense and research sectors. Aurora Labs plans to assemble the printers at its facility in Canning Vale, Perth. The company anticipates a 12-month timeline for the manufacture and testing of the printer before making it available to customers.
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