GE ADDITIVE'S PROJECT A.T.L.A.S.
Precisely what additive has been waiting for
Project A.T.L.A.S (Additive Technology Large Area System) is GE Additive’s company-wide program to develop the next generation large additive machines. This first BETA machine was developed in just nine months and complements the company’s existing portfolio of products.
The next generation large additive machine
SUITABLE FOR LARGE PARTS WITH HIGH RESOLUTION AND COMPLETE GEOMETRIES
Build bigger, faster and bolder than ever before
As additive technology continues to transform the manufacturing world with lighter, stronger and less expensive parts, there has been an increasing demand from many industries for additive machines that are bigger and faster. Customers need to quickly build larger parts without compromising resolution or quality.
In response, GE Additive launched Project A.T.L.A.S. (Additive Technology Large Area System) aimed at developing the next generation of large additive machines suitable for customers in industries such as aviation, space, energy and automotive. Knowing the intense level of quality demanded by these industries, Project A.T.L.A.S. utilized aerospace engineers to build on the technology previously developed by GE and combine it with Concept Laser’s expertise in DMLM (Direct Metal Laser Melting) laser additive machines.
Evolving into the next generation of additive offerings
With the end goal of producing large precision parts with speed, GE Additive has delivered a BETA machine as part of Project A.T.L.A.S. This next-generation additive machine offers the world’s largest DMLM build envelope without compromising quality.
This ‘meter-class’ laser powder bed fusion machine showcases several key technologies, including scalable architecture, combined with feature resolution and build-rate speeds surpassing today’s machines.
As significant as this first milestone is, it’s just the beginning. Select customers are already operating BETA machines to gain an early, first-hand appreciation of its current capabilities and long-term potential, as well as providing learning and experience feedback to enhance future machine configurations.
- Build volume is 1.3 x 1.3 x 1.3M* (x,y,z)
- Gantry-based architecture
- Up to 4x 1.5kW lasers
- State-of-the-art scanner with 3D focusing
- Discrete dosing
- Optimal air-flow control over the print area
- Best-in-class feature resolution
- Process and Machine Health Monitoring (enabled by Predix)
- Suitable for large parts with high resolution and complex geometries
- Perfect for aerospace-class parts
- Architecture provides precision and quality
- Best-in-class laser provides speed and quality
- Discrete dosing saves on powder and cost
- Functionality is customizable and configurable
*Build volume is scalable
GE Additive and Concept Laser are pushing the additive envelope
Our project A.T.L.A.S. has delivered BETA additive machines that produce large, precise parts with unmatched build rates and resolution. We’ve now evolved additive technology to meet part demands for aviation, space, energy and automotive industries. It’s just the latest example of our commitment to innovations that build bigger, faster and bolder than ever before.
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Mohammad Ehteshami and his colleagues arrived at formnext — the world’s largest trade fair for additive manufacturers, which starts today in Frankfurt, Germany — with a beta version of the world’s largest 3D printer for metals, which uses a laser and a powder bed to make parts.
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