3D printing specialist Sintavia announced the signing of a letter of intent with Starnberg, Germany-based AMCM GmbH to launch the M 8K printer – one of the largest powder bed fusion 3D printers ever built – in North America.
Sintavia will be the first North American customer for the M 8K, one of the largest powder bed fusion 3D printers ever built. With a build size of 820mm x 820mm x 1600mm and eight nLIGHT AFX-1000 lasers, the M 8K acquired by Sintavia marks a tremendous advancement in productivity and design freedom compared to smaller printers. Delivery of the first M 8K to Sintavia in North America is expected in early 2025.
“Whoever says that there are no economies of scale in AM hasn’t been running a large enough printer,” said Brian Neff, Sintavia’s Founder and CEO. “With over one cubic meter of displacement and eight next generation nLIGHT lasers, Sintavia’s new M 8K will not only allow for very large, complex components to be designed and printed, but also dramatically reduce unit pricing on smaller units. In our experience, there is an exponential increase in product design utility when build chamber dimensions increase linearly, and the M 8K has the largest build chamber of all.”
“Over the past six years, it has been a pleasure to work together with Brian and his team as we have collectively pushed the envelope for larger and faster machines across the Aerospace & Defense industry,” said Martin Bullemer, Managing Director of AMCM GmbH. “It is a natural fit that the first M 8K in North America—and the first one anywhere with an extended Z-axis—would go to Sintavia. We look forward to working with the Sintavia team to see how they apply this game-changing technology.”
Sintavia currently operates a fleet of seventeen AMCM and EOS GmbH printers, including two M 4K printers that it acquired in 2021. The architecture of the M 8K is based on the M 4K platform, which in turn is based on the architecture of the successful EOS M400-4 multi-laser printer. AMCM officially launched the M 8K in September 2023, with ArianeGroup as its European launch customer. ArianeGroup, a joint venture between Airbus and Safran, will use the first M 8K in early 2025 to print a large combustion chamber for its Prometheus rocket engine. It is expected that Sintavia will process a nickel alloy in the M 8K.