GE shows off first Atlas beta and acquires GeonX

GE has revealed the first beta machine from its Project Atlas, which stands for Additive Technology Large Area System. The aim of this project is to develop the next generation large additive machines, which in turn will be used to produce large complex metal parts.

The new machine has mainly been developed by Concept Laser, which GE acquired last year, alongside Arcam in a $1.4 billion deal. GE has previously spend ten years developing its 3D capabilities to service its own needs but last year it set up a dedicated company, GE Additive as part of its bid to become a leading supplier of additive manufacturing technology.

The new machine has a build volume of 1.1 x 1.1 x 0.3 metres and uses a 1kW laser. It can be configured with multiple lasers and uses discrete dosing to save on powder and cost. It also includes monitoring via GE’s cloud-based system.

The target markets include the aviation, automotive, space and oil and gas industries – basically the same industries that just about all the other large scale printers are going for. Mohammad Ehteshami, vice president and general manager of GE Additive, commented: “Irrespective of industry, every customer has its own specific needs and its own unique levels of complexity. We regularly hear that next-generation machines need to be customizable and configurable.”

Pictured from Left to Right: Michel Delanaye, co-founder and CEO, GeonX, Mohammad Ehteshami, Vice President and General Manager, GE Additive, Laurent D’Alvise co-founder and CEO, GeonX.

GE rounded off its week at Formnext by buying Geonx, a Belgian software company that makes a tool for simulating additive manufacturing, welding, machining and heat treatment processes in various industries such as aerospace, automotive and energy. Ehteshami explained that this would help customers speed up their product design and development.


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