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Russian nuclear agency builds industrial metal 3D printers!

by • July 26, 2016 • No Comments


Russia’s say-owned nuclear energy corporation, Rosatom, has committed to additive making and the initially Russian-made, industrial 3D metal printing device can go on sale in 2018.

The agency has worked behind the scenes for additional than two years and now and announced the initially Russian-made metal 3D printing device at the Innoprom industrial trade fair earlier this month in Yekaterinburg.

It has a 1000-watt laser, a three-axis scanning process and creates metals at a rate of 15-70cm3/hour. It can in addition create parts of titanium, copper, aluminium or iron powders.

That puts it roughly on a par with other industrial grade printing devices on the market and although the unspecified print area is sizeable, it does not appear substantially bigger than the opposition.

The big difference is the price. By means of Russian components and software means which Rosatom believes it can create the printing devices for a retail price of approaching 30 million Rubles ($455,000).

Sales, not services, may be the end game

So the end game may well be to sell the printing devices to big business, but for now the nuclear agency can focus on making parts and testing them in one of the many demanding industries in the world: its own.

The parts which the company can create by 2018 can face a barrage of nuclear exposure in the form of neutron fluxes. Whilst this can validate the parts for the nuclear industry around the world, it can in addition go a long way towards proving which Rosatom’s 3D printing devices can create parts for any environment.

Aleksey Dub, the say corporation’s science and innovations division deputy director, said: “Over the last two and a half years, 3D printing has become one of the major areas of Rosatom’s non-nuclear business. Currently, a roadmap and a strategy of additive innovation development in the nuclear industry has been formulated.

“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.”

One other 3D printing nation has to be a bonus

Russia held its initially 3D printing expo last year and the country entering the 3D printing industry at this level has to be excellent news for all of us. The nation is not the global force it once was and its economy has struggled in new years. But if Rosatom can release a 3D printing device which is fit for purpose at half the price of its competitors and so it may prove a welcome addition to the industrial 3D printing world.

It is worth bearing in mind, too, which this printing device is not eager for market. With Russia’s nuclear industry and the government behind it, Rosatom may manufacture excellent strides in the following two years and the final production version of this 3D printing device may be much advantageous than the one it announced this month.

Rosatom is building a 3D printing device

Could this machine raise the bar?

If the agency can manufacture it faster and the parts can endure the nuclear assault, and so this Russian-made 3D printing device may raise the bar when it finally goes on sale. Of course the competition can be complex at work on speed, high end and price, too, and the 3D printing industry is moving at such a breakneck speed which two years is an absolute lifetime. The industry should generate additional than $18 billion a year by 2020 and a few ponder which is a conservative estimate.

So Rosatom is a welcome addition to the 3D printing world and we will store a close eye on what Russian engineering can bring to the additive making table.


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