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Gefertec launches arc80X metal 3D printer

Kingsbury, in the UK, has purchased the first system for the Additure application center

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Gefertec, a German additive manufacturing company, has launched its latest machine, the arc80X, with the capability to print metal components up to 2m x 2m x 2m in size. The machine is also modular, and it is therefore possible for users to upgrade as needed. Kingsbury, Gefertec’s trusted sales partner for the UK market for the past five years, has purchased the first arc80X for the application center of its subsidiary, Additure.

Established two years ago, Additure focuses exclusively on additive manufacturing methods and already utilizes an arc405 machine at its application center. The addition of the arc80X will enhance their capabilities, allowing for contract manufacturing and feasibility studies at their Preston site.

“With continued demand in the defense, power generation, and aerospace sectors and the amount of orders we have had to turn down, the decision to purchase a second GEFERTEC machine was an easy one. The arc80X not only provides us with much needed additional capacity, but also offers a significantly larger build envelope,” said Richard Kingsbury, Managing Director of Kingsbury. “We are able to print much larger parts, which significantly increases our value and relevance to these important sectors.”

Gefertec’s arc80X enables unmanned serial production of components. Siemens Energy’s successful demonstration of serial production using wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM) last year is a testament to its efficacy. In the fall of 2023, Siemens Energy celebrated the production of its 1000th turbine blade using WAAM technology. This achievement underscores the reliability and efficiency of the arc machines in overcoming supply chain challenges and maintaining high-quality standards.

In 2018, a supplier delay prompted Siemens Energy to pivot towards additive manufacturing, particularly WAAM technology. The shift ensured immediate part availability and independence from traditional supply chains, establishing Siemens Energy as the first company worldwide to use WAAM in series production with Gefertec’s arc machine series.

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