Russian nuclear fuel supplier TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom has formed a subsidiary to help develop additive manufacturing (AM).

Rusatom – Additive Technologies (RusAT) will reportedly manage the development of AM technologies for Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation.

The company will focus on four key areas: manufacturing of 3D printers and their components, production of materials and metal powders for 3D printing, software development for AM and services, rendering 3D printing services and introduction of AM technologies at industrial enterprises.

Equipment and consumables will be produced at two facilities of TVEL Fuel Company in Novouralsk, the Urals region of Russia, NPO Tsentrotech and Ural Electrochemical Integrated Plant.

‘Rosatom has developed a pre-production prototype of Gen II 3D printer,’ said Alexey Dub, the new director general of RusAt. ‘Commercial production of the printer is scheduled for this year in Novouralsk. The Russian-made printer will be 20% cheaper than the foreign models and have a better performance.  […] f we consider just medical institutions in Russia, they need up to one hundred of endoprostheses each year, and we can produce them with our 3D printers.

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