Modern Machine Shop

FEB 2018

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MODERN EQUIPMENT REVIEW Modern Machine Shop 133 SPOTLIGHT | Additive Manufacturing Powder-Bed Machine Grows Large Parts GE Additive Group has unveiled the first Beta machine developed as part of its Project A.T.L.A.S program. The laser powder-bed fusion machine has been developed to provide manufacturers of large parts and components with a scalable solution that can be configured and customized to their own specific industry applications. Project A.T.L.A.S (Additive Technology Large Area System) is GE Additive's company-wide program to develop the next-generation large additive machines. This first Beta machine was developed in nine months and complements the company's existing portfolio of products. According to GE, the machine offers improved fea- ture resolution and build rate speeds. Its build volume is 1.1 × 1.1 × 0.3 m, but its gantry-based, scalable architecture enables increasing the Z axis to 1.0 m or more. The machine is equipped with a 1-kW laser, a 3D scanner that translates with the laser and optimal air flow over the print area. Discrete dosing helps to save on powder and cost. Process and machine health monitoring are enabled by GE's cloud-based Predix operating system. Ideally suited to industries that require large com- plex metal parts, such as aviation, automotive, space and oil and gas industries, the Beta machine builds on technology previously developed by GE, combined with Concept Laser's expertise in laser additive machines. | GE Additive Group | are immediately available from Helfer Tool Company. Whether you need small, precision carbide or high speed Swiss tools, or larger flat or circular tools, they're standards at Helfer Tool. Plus carbide test pins, carbide cold- heading punches and solid carbide drill blanks are on the shelf, too. Just tell us your production sched- ule, and we'll meet it! Flat, circular or hard-to- find cutting tools FREE. WRITE FOR ALL NEW, TOOLING CATALOG. Helfer Tool Company 3030 S. Oak, Santa Ana, CA 92707 Phone: (714) 557-2733 Fax: (714) 557-5312

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