Metre-class metal AM system
GE's A.T.L.A.S. BETA machine offers a build volume of 1.1 x 1.1 x 0.3M (x,y,z) with a gantry-based architecture and includes the latest 1kW laser.
GE Additive unveiled the first BETA machine developed as part of its Project A.T.L.A.S program. The meter-class, laser powder-bed fusion machine has been developed to provide manufacturers of large parts and components with a scalable solution that can be configured and customized to their own specific industry applications. Ideally suited to industries that require large complex metal parts, such as aviation, automotive, space and oil and gas industries, the new BETA machine builds on technology previously developed by GE, combined with Concept Laser’s expertise in laser additive machines. The first few BETA machines are currently being evaluated by a small group of customers and more are available for delivery in 2018. The machine’s feature resolution and build rate speeds are better than machines available today and has a scalable architecture that can increase the ‘Z’ axis to 1.0M and beyond. The machine offers a build volume of 1.1 x 1.1 x 0.3M (x,y,z) with a gantry-based architecture and includes the latest 1kW laser. A 3D scanner translates with the laser.