General Electric (GE) is coming up with world’s largest laser printer. It will be a 3D printer and to make parts out of metal powder including products for the automotive and airplane parts too.
Dubbed as the prototype Atlas printer, the machine is said to be able to can make objects up to one meter long with metals like aluminum and titanium instead of resins, plastics and filaments.
If believed to sources the giant laser printer 3D machine can create an entire engine block of a truck or a car which were made only in a factory until now.
GE has not yet mentioned anything about how fast the machine can print, but surely it will be either equal or better than additive machines of the present era.
GE said the new machine would be unveiled later this year in November at the Formnext Show in Germany.
Meanwhile, Volkswagen too is taking similar approach with 3D printers Ultimaker 3 and Ultimaker 2+. The auto giant said earlier this week engineers and technicians are using the printers at the Volkswagen Autoeuropa factory in Portugal.
The Ultimaker 3 and Ultimaker 2+ printers make custom-designed tools including jigs, fixtures and gauges. Earlier the company used to buy these tools from external vendors and now with in-house work it is saving $150,000 a year.
Releasing a statement the company said as the tools are tailored to their needs those are far more useful in their day-to-day operations.
The statement further added the new technology is saving time as well as money.
It is to note the new 3D technology is also being used by NASA to make rocket parts.