Titomic Unveils ‘World’s Fastest’ Metal 3D Printer
A new metal 3D printer, which Titomic claims is the largest and fastest of its kind in the world, was revealed in Melbourne. The printer, developed with the cooperation with Australia’s CSIRO, comprise a patented additive manufacturing process, which allows this new printer to get past the size and speed constraints traditionally found in most 3D metal printers. The company claims that it printer will change the future of advanced manufacturing.
In a statement made by Titomic CEO, Jeff Lang, the company expressed pride as being an Aussie company who co-developed with CSIRO to create a new method for manufacturing, which can take advantage of titanium mineral sand deposits in Australia, which are quite abundant.
Titomic says that they aim to challenge the more traditional methods, improve on the old methods that have involved Tig welders and long market arrival times, for the production of consumer goods, as well as aviation, defence, marine, infrastructure and transportation.
The proprietary kinetic fusion process allows for the creation of titanium and titanium alloy products via a frame. The frame is supersonically sprayed with titanium and titanium alloy particles to the frame, and, upon reaching critical speed, the particles will then undergo deformation, akin to what plastic goes through, in order to create the product. The process also allows for the joining and incorporation of dissimilar metals, which can allow for stronger creations, without folding, bending, or welding, which allows the products to reach the market faster.
One of the key advantages of the process is that it allows for the use of titanium, abundant in Australia’s mineral sands deposits, which is famous for being lightweight, but very sturdy, with excellent corrosion resistance. As a result, titanium metal is seen in aerospace, medicine and other high-end applications.
The current, traditional method for developing titanium is both costly and requires a lot of energy, which bottlenecks its availability for high-end applications. The new kinetic fusion process allows for an alternate method for applying the metal into more common products, like bicycles.