The company AMCM has announced a new metal 3D printer called M 8K. According to AMCM, the system sets new standards in industrial metal 3D printing with a build envelope of 800 x 800 x 1200 mm.
The M 8K was developed in cooperation with aerospace company ArianeGroup. The first application is to be the printing of combustion chambers for the rocket engines of the Ariane 6 by AMCM.
By using 8 lasers instead of the previous 4 and an increased build envelope, the company hopes to push the limits of metal 3D printing. According to ArianeGroup, AMCM is the ideal partner to achieve the company’s ambitious goals to increase the quality of additive manufacturing.
The M 8K integrates the latest EOS Group technologies to improve process control and monitoring, according to AMCM. This, it says, will reduce the amount of testing required. The printer is expected to be operational before the end of 2024 in order to deliver the first combustion chambers on schedule.
According to the project partners, high-volume production of important rocket components using metal 3D printing has the potential to make manufacturing processes more flexible, faster and cheaper.