Mar 1, 2018 | By Benedict

Australian 3D printing company Aurora Labs has completed the prototype of its Powder Production Unit (PPU), which can produce high-quality 3D printing powders at a low cost. These powders can be used in Aurora Labs’ large-format 3D printer.

We’ve already heard plenty of news from Australia’s Aurora Labs this year. At the end of January, the company signed a A$100,000 deal with CSIRO; shortly after, it reported the successful slow testing of its Large Format Technology 3D printer, which could become the fastest metal 3D printer in its size category.

Today, Aurora Labs has announced the completion of its Powder Production Unit prototype, which will be used to make high-quality 3D printing powders in an affordable manner. The company says it’s a significant step, as it will allow it to move into the development of various powders that will ultimately benefit the Large Format Printer.

When both the Large Format Printer and the PPU are complete, Aurora Labs will be able to offer a fully integrated 3D printing platform, allowing for quality, high-volume powder production. In other words: lots of powder, lots of printing.

When it eventually starts developing its own 3D printing powders, Aurora Labs says it will explore the opportunities available in international markets, where there is a large demand for metal powders, as well as manufacturing markets beyond 3D printing.

The next step is to build a full-size PPU that can produce up to five metric tons (5.5 tons) of powder per day.

“Although this milestone is not part of our Large Format Technology Timeline, it is a considerable one,” commented Aurora Labs’ managing director David Budge. “The prospects are tremendous for metal powders in additive manufacturing across a wide number of sectors, including the oil & gas, medical, and aerospace industries. With time, our efforts producing powders will open up considerable markets for us to tap into.”



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