Metals 3D printing: Aussie start-up offering sub £3k printer that can build in 20 metals

Published 24 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, kickstarter, additive manufacturing, australia, robots, metal

Billed as a ‘consumer grade’ metals 3D printer, the S1 can be supported on Kickstarter

Australian start-up Aurora are promising the first affordable metal 3D printer, with its S1 model costing under £3,000 via its Kickstarter launch page.

The Solidus 1 (S1) is listed as a ‘consumer grade’ printer, with a 150 x 150 x 200mm build area, 50 micron resolution, and two powder feeders capable of printing in stainless steel, inconel, hastelloy, brass, bronze, mild steel and others.

Previously, metals 3D printers have been limited by cost, size, power demands and (ultimately, when playing with metal posers and lasers) safety - yet Aurora say they have this covered with their proprietary new technology.

Billed as able to print in 20 metals, the printer is capable of producing steel, brass and hastelloy parts, with the three-powder feeder version S2 capable of multi material builds

The build area still requires an inert gas, depending on the materials you’re building with either nitrogen or argon can be used. The entire system is sealed and Aurora states it has a unique scrubbing system that reduces the gas consumption and keeps the oxygen gas levels down.

At only 1.6m tall and less than half a metre wide and deep, the machine is less imposing than the majority of the market’s current printers.

In addition Aurora is looking for backing for the multi-material S2, with three powder feeders, and the large format S2+ with a 180 x 180 x 500mm build area.

Aurora Labs is a spin-off from founder David Budge’s robotic manufacturing business, Advanced Industrial Manufacturing, which relies on ABB industrial robots and robotic welders to manufacture parts for the West Australian mining sector.

The rest of the team behind the printers have backgrounds in materials science and surface engineering, computer science, and maths and physics, making us confident that this project will get off the ground.

Aurora’s founders, (L to R) Will Crisp, Jessica Snelling and David Budge

Comments:

I smell...bullshit? I mean yes, they do show some sort of DMLS setup but they all look as rough as hell. lets see some examples ( and no, that highly polished cantilever is not a good example)

Posted by Vincent Naughton on 25 September 2014 at 01:56 PM

3D printing is a modern technology in printing, Day to day the technologies are improving, that shows a good result in the printing industries also.Envelop printing is important for attraction.

Posted by charlottethomas on 02 March 2015 at 07:28 AM

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