3D printing company Aurora Labs says that it has increased the speed of its rapid manufacturing technology (RMT), achieving a print speed of 350 kg/day.

The RMP1 Beta, a pre-production model which was used in tests, has a print bed of 450 mm x 400 mm and can print parts 10 times the volume of the company's previous Alpha2 test machine, Aurora says. It also incorporates sensing and tracking equipment which can help the company develop a certification system for developing digitally certified parts (DCPs).

According to Aurora, the RMP1’s speed and quality capabilities will make it easier for the manufacture of printed metal parts to be cost competitive with traditional manufacturing.

‘This is an outstanding result for Aurora Labs and one that underlines the potential of our metal 3D printing capability,’ said David Budge, MD. ‘Our RMP1 machine can produce high quality parts in a timeframe of hours – as opposed to traditional parts manufacturing than can have lead times of months. When you consider that we recorded print speeds of 15.8 kg per day on the Alpha Printer last September, this equates to a greater than 2000% speed improvement in 12 months.’

This story uses material from Aurora, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.