Michigan-based supplier Roush recently purchased a new metal additive manufacturing (AM) system to develop its offering: the Xline 2000R.
Acquired by GE Additive in 2016, the Xline 2000R from Concept Laser has a build envelope of 800 x 400 x 500 mm for large-scale production, such as engine blocks. The system includes a rotating platform that allows two build modules to be used reciprocally.
With this equipment, Roush aims at expanding its AM capabilities to serve a range of industries such as aerospace, automotive, defense, energy, entertainment, medical and consumer products.
“Investing in the latest additive manufacturing technology continues our commitment to innovative, high-performance solutions — from concept maturation and optimization, all the way through to hardware integration and development”, said Dean Massab, executive vice president of business development for Roush Enterprises.
This is not the first investment of the company in AM technologies. Indeed, Roush has been providing 3D printing and rapid prototyping services, for more than 15 years. Its latest investment integrates fused deposition modeling capabilities in design for additive and topology optimization to its existing stereolithography, selective laser sintering and rapid prototyping services.
In addition to 3D scanning, the supplier’s new 3D printing capabilities also include working with advanced materials, such as production-grade thermoplastics and carbon fiber-filled nylon material on the one hand, on the other hand the possibility to 3D print sacrificial tooling for composite components and parts. This allows for composite parts to have exotic geometries that cannot be manufactured by traditional means.
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