Chinese 3D printer manufacturer Xi’an Bright Laser Technologies Co, Ltd (BLT), which specializes in metal additive manufacturing, has reported revenue growth of 66% in 2022, reaching $140 million. BLT calls this year the “strongest year” in the company’s history. Growth is driven primarily by industry-specific solutions for customers in various markets and is expected to continue in 2023.
BLT provides comprehensive technical solutions for equipment, printing services, raw materials and technical support in aerospace, energy, industrial, medical and many other sectors. By the end of 2022, BLT has delivered a total of over 1000 metal 3D printing systems, sold in over twenty countries and regions worldwide.
Large format 3D printer with high speed
Last year, BLT launched its BLT-S1000 (PBF-LB) large-format laser melting system for additive manufacturing. The system has a large 1200 x 600 x 1500 mm build envelope and comes standard with eight 500 W lasers, but can be upgraded to twelve lasers to achieve speeds of 300 cc/h.
Titanium and Inconel alloys as well as customized powder products
In addition to metal 3D printer production, BLT also manufactures titanium and Inconel alloys. The company has set up more than 10 powder production lines with an annual capacity of 300 tons. It also offers customized powder products, including the whole process from powder test production and small batch production to the application of pressure verification and mass production.
Aerospace industry drives development of metal AM
In 2023, China is planning nearly seventy aerospace launches, of which more than sixty are planned by the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST). The Chinese aerospace industry is thus driving the development of metal 3D printing, with metal AM parts moving from the validation stage to mass production. One of the beneficiaries is BLT, which currently leads the world among listed AM companies with a market value of about $2.53 billion, according to its own figures. BLT’s customers include Airbus, Audi, AECC, COMAC and HUAWEI.
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