GE unveils first BETA machine from Project A.T.L.A.S.

GE Additive has unveiled the first BETA machine developed as part of its Project A.T.L.A.S program.

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 complements the company’s existing portfolio of products.

The new BETA machine builds on technology previously developed by GE, combined with Concept Laser’s expertise in laser additive machines. The first few BETA machines are currently being evaluated by a small group of customers and more are available for delivery in 2018.

The machine’s feature resolution and build rate speeds are better and has a scalable architecture that can increase the ‘Z’ axis to 1.0 M and beyond.

Key features of this first, new machine – on show at formnext – include: (i) Build volume: 1.1 × 1.1 × 0.3M (x,y,z); (ii) Gantry-based architecture; (iii) The latest 1 kW laser; (iv) 3D scanner translates with laser; (v) Discrete dosing; (vi) Optimal air flow over the print area; and (vii) Best-in-class feature resolution.