Monash University Amaero Engineering are have invested in the Xline 2000R from Concept Laser. With a build volume of 800 x 400 x 500 mm³ this is the largest metal 3D printer in the world thus far. The Xline 200R is one of five that have been manufactured to date and is the only unit outside of America and Europe.
“The new printer allows us to make large complex shapes and unique tools quicker, lighter and with less waste” – Professor Xinhua Wu, who leads the Monash University 3D printing initiative has stated
The enormous printer has been put to work already, producing the largest metal aerospace component made with a powder bed 3D printer in the world. The aircraft hinge (pictured below) is from a Chinese jet airliner and measures 40 x 80 x 39 cm and weighs 11 kg.
Amaero CEO Barrie Finnin has said “This new printer creates promising opportunities for advanced manufacturing in Australia for global markets… …Last year, we printed production components that are now flying in passenger jets and small turbojet engines. Our technology is also now operating in our manufacturing facility in Toulouse with our partner Safran—the French-based global aerospace and defence company.
“Now we can literally go bigger. This new capability will be of great interest to our aerospace and automotive customers in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.”