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  • 3D printing developer Aurora Labs (A3D) has surpassed the phase one milestone in its 12-month Technology Development Pathway
  • The company successfully completed parameter testing, by producing prints compliant with global standards
  • The high-power, high-density printing results demonstrate the company’s rapid manufacturing technology capability, and could surpass the print process speeds of its competitors upon scale-up
  • So far, the stainless steel sample specimens have passed all standard tests for tensile strength, yield strength, elongation and reduction of area
  • The next milestone in the RMP-1 development is for its fume extraction system upgrade which could solve an industry-wide challenge limiting printing speeds
  • Aurora Labs is down 1.25 per cent and trading for 7.9 cents just before market close

3D printing developer Aurora Labs (A3D) has surpassed the phase one milestone in its 12-month Technology Development Pathway.

The company successfully completed parameter testing, by producing prints compliant with American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) global standards.

The high-power, high-density printing results demonstrate the company’s rapid manufacturing technology capability, and could surpass the print process speeds of its competitors upon scale-up.

The company is aiming to have its RMP-1 printer ready for market rollout by mid-next year.

The printer can manufacture stainless steel products using powerful lasers. The company has produced over 600 test specimens to test the printer’s capabilities at a range of laser powers.

So far, the sample specimens have passed all standard tests for tensile strength, yield strength, elongation and reduction of area.

Testing has been principally conducted in-house, though some tensile properties of specific samples have been tested by a third-party National Association of Testing Authorities-certified laboratory.

Aurora CEO Peter Snowsill says the project is progressing well.

“We see these results as foundational to demonstrating the performance required to achieve commercial readiness for RMP-1,” Peter said.

“We are geared up for the coming quarter for the implementation phase of our extraction system upgrade project as another key enabler for commercial readiness,” he added

Next steps

The next milestone in the RMP-1 development is for its fume extraction system upgrade.

This phase of the project will aim to address gas flow and filtration, as well as the removal of print soot from the chamber to optimise performance.

Success would solve an industry-wide metal printing challenge that limits print speed.

Planning, design and testing of system components is underway, and major equipment items are en route from Europe for installation and commissioning by the end of the year.

A3D looks to be on track with its development schedule, and if successful, could have an industry-leading product on its hands.

Aurora Labs is down 1.25 per cent and trading for 7.9 cents just before market close.

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