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Aurora Labs completes 3D printer development

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Perth additive manufacturing group Aurora Labs (A3D) has announced the completion of its four-stage technology development pathway for its metal 3D printer.

The Perth company declared the printer was now ‘commercial ready’, and would plug a gap in the market for a high productivity, mid-range, mid-cost machine.

The printer had been independently validated and products had been delivered to customers meeting requirements for quality, functionality and production cost.

CEO Peter Snowsill said: “With the completion of Milestone 4 we have demonstrated the validity of our technology and printing outputs.

“Critically our technology fits a gap in the market (in) a segment with substantial growth potential as additive manufacturing use expands.”

In July A3D agreed to supply BAE Systems Maritime with trial 3D printed parts to be evaluated for use in constructing nine Hunter class frigates in Adelaide.

The company’s AdditiveNow joint venture with engineering firm Worley has also announced a number of contract manufacturing projects for mining customers in WA.

Most recently it signed a two year contract with Alcoa for the provision of 3D printed parts and any associated design and engineering.

Snowsill said the company was exploring and refining its go to market strategy, with shareholders to be updated at the company’s upcoming annual general meeting.

A3D has substantially changed its strategy since a new management team took over in July, 2020.

It ditched a 3D printer manufacturing and distribution model in favour of developing technologies ready for partnerships and licensing.

Its RMP-3 Beta prototype printer is a multi-laser, high-powered system, with optics controlling four 1.5 kW lasers to achieve high productivity printing.

“With an increased print production rate from power input exceeding any known competitor laser power, the results opened up the gateway to meet customer quality requirements, provide improved performance and reduce cost for complex parts.”

Picture: Western Australian Governor Kim Beazley visits Aurora Labs

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