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Australia’s Titomic Unveils 3D Metal Printer the Size of a City Bus 

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Titomic, an Australian-built metal 3D printer with the potential to manufacturer aircraft wings, ship hulls, submarines and rocket fuselage is shaping as a global game changer was recently unveiled. Titomic’s technology was developed in partnership with Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO). 

The project was born out of a 2007 study as the federal government searched for a way to capitalise on Australia’s rich titanium resources rather than simply export the metal.

Titomic bills this as the world’s largest metal 3D printer–about the size of a city bus. Titomic said that this machine can print a metal bike in just 25 minutes and can also used to print complex aircraft designs of wing parts up to nine meters long.

The company uses cold spray technology that sprinkles titanium alloy particles layers by layers instead of cutting the metal panels on essembly line.

Titomic said that they are in talks with Italian ship builder Fincantieri to explore additive manufacturing that uses kenetic fusion. They are also thinking of printing product such as golf clubs and other products in titanium.

Additive manufacturing is a fast growing market, International Data Resource estimated that expenditure on 3D printing is expected to reach $3.6 billion by 2021 in the Asia-Pacific region with five-year compound annual growth rate of 22.4%.

Article is contributed by Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo and TECHCiRCLE. Click here to find out more about Titomic.

 



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