GE updates M2 3D metal printer

GE Additive has updated its Concept Laser M2 cusing and M2 cusing Multilaser machines with improvements to productivity and reliability as well as lower operating costs.

GE Additive has updated its Concept Laser M2 cusing and M2 cusing Multilaser metal 3D printers.

The M2 Cusing family, which GE Additive acquired along with the German company Concept Laser back in 2016, were designed as industrial metal additive manufacturing machines. They’re used across a wide range of industries, such as aerospace, automotive, medical and dental.

Amongst the new features is a new gas flow system backed by redundant oxygen monitoring and a closed inert gas circuit, which should lead to improved overall part quality. There are also multiple new sensors monitoring the temperature along with a new cooling unit for optical components to prevent influence from external and internal temperature changes.

The build chamber has been enlarged with a higher z-axis of 350 mm and newly designed heating. This allows for a higher degree of accuracy on the z-positioning along with advanced closed-loop control.  The new machines have a build volume: 250 x 250 x 350 mm3. In addition, because the build environment is now more tightly controlled it should be possible to produce higher quality parts with greater reliability. GE Additive has also updated software and added more sensors to collect data for analytics purposes.

Meddah Hadjar, general manager for Additive Laser Products at GE Additive, explained: “Customers, especially in the aerospace and medical industry, have high expectations. For that reason we continuously review our solutions portfolio to confirm we are offering the right machines and the right materials for an ever-demanding range of applications.”

The new machines are available to order now. Further details from GE.com

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