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Rosatom to Develop Russia’s First Industrial Metal 3D Printer for Nuclear Industry

by • July 26, 2016 • No Comments

rosatomlogoFrom Sweden to the United States, a number of tech-trailblazing countries have been looking at 3D printing innovation as an emerging tool for the createment of parts for nuclear power plants. The nuclear energy source pretty has its perks, but is in addition controversial due to the future disaster that may come of mismanagement of these power plants. But, as metal 3D printing innovation continues to advance, additive producing becomes a additional viable and secure version to create housing and other components for these nuclear energy facilities.

Now, Russia’s nuclear energy corporation, Rosatom, can take on to usher in their not long ago create high end metal additive producing innovation by producing 3D printed parts for the country’s nuclear industry. Rosatom’s production of nuclear components can be done on their industrial metal 3D printing device, the very initially createed by a Russian company. The company can focus on ensuring the reliability and safety of their 3D printed nuclear power components, producing certain that they can endure irradiation by neutron fluxes. After their experimentation and testing in the nuclear industry is accomplished, Rosatom can start branching out into other industries.

“Over two and a half years 3D printing became one of the primary areas for Rosatom’s non-nuclear business. Today, a roadmap and strategy of additive innovation createment in the nuclear industry have been formulated,” said Aleksey Dub, the say corporation’s science and innovations division deputy director. “By the end of 2018, Rosatom should have the full set of expertise needed to contribute additive innovation services. There are plans to have equipment, materials and technologies in order to contribute the possibility of implementing any create ideas in the form of finished products.”

Rosatom's industrial metal 3D printing device

Rosatom’s industrial metal 3D printing device [Source: RusNews]

The printing device is equipped with a 1,000-watt laser, and is expected to have an output of between 15 and 70 cubic centimeters per hour. Similar to many high end metal 3D printing devices, Rosatom’s machine utilizes metal powders, and uses the high-powered laser to fuse them together layer by layer. The printing device was initially announced at the Innoprom industrial trade fair in Yekaterinburg, that took place earlier in July. The corporation plans to donate these nuclear components to research reactors for expocertain in 2018. According to Dub, a number of Rosatom’s divisions have may already came up with proposals on the range of nuclear components that may be manufactured with their metal 3D printing process.

In general, Russia has been increasingly adapting 3D printing innovation into their many new projects. Back in March, the country sent the very initially 3D printed nanosatellite up to the International Space Station, marking a primary moment for the Russian space industry. In addition,the Russian United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (UIMC) presented their initially 3D printed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the Innoprom trade fair. Today, Rosatom is createing eight nuclear reactors in Russia, as well as 36 others abroad. So, it appears safe to say that this new metal 3D printing innovation can be used, at very least to a few extent, in their next nuclear energy projects.


If you want to see Russia’s very initially industrial metal 3D printing device in action, check out the video of the Innoprom industrial trade fair at a lower place, that was uploaded by the new multimedia brand Sputnik. Discuss additional in the Rosatom Additive Manufacturing forum over at 3DPB.com.

[Source: Sputnik]