#Formnext, day 1: first revelations of the 3D printing industry

GE Additive showcases BETA machine from its Project Atlas Program

GE Additive presents the first BETA machine built as part of its ATLAS program in collaboration with Concept Laser. The meter-class, laser powder-bed fusion machine is developed to enable manufacturers of large parts and components with a scalable solution to configure and customize their own specific industry applications.

The Atlas Program

The A.T.L.A.S project aims to develop a range of large additive machines. Manufactured in 9 months, the BETA machine is currently being evaluated by a small group of customers.

Irrespective of industry, every customer has its own specific needs and its own unique levels of complexity. We regularly hear that next-generation machines need to be customizable and configurable. The new meter-class machine we’re debuting at formnext is our response to that feedback – a solution that is scalable and customizable and meets the needs of our industry, as it matures,” said Mohammad Ehteshami Vice President and General Manager of GE Additive.

BETA comprises a build volume of 1.1 x 1.1 x 0.3M (x,y,z) a gantry-based architecture, and a 3D scanner with laser integrated. With a discrete dosing, the machine allows an optimal air flow over the print area. In addition to its premium feature resolution, it is easy to control the process and machine health.

Bringing innovation and technologies to market in just nine months demonstrates exactly what we mean by accelerating the additive manufacturing industry. Our Project A.T.L.A.S is one way we are helping our customers be more efficient and nimble as the sector matures,” said Frank Herzog, founder and CEO, Concept Laser. “This demonstrates what’s possible when we combine the strength of Concept Laser with GE.

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