GE Additive Reveals Binder Jet Machine Prototype

The H1 machine was developed from concept to first print in 47 days, the company says. 

GE Additive has released the first image of a prototype of a new additive machine (project name H1) based on binder jet technology that it says will eventually challenge the need for castings. Further iterations of this machine will be made in early 2018 with the first production machines being shipped mid-2018.

The new binder jet machine can print large parts with a range of materials, including stainless steel, nickel and iron alloys. It is intended to remove the need for castings and therefore avoid expensive tooling, molds and infrastructure. 

Mohammad Ehteshami, vice president and general manager of GE Additive said, “We see great demand for binder jet technology in the aerospace and automotive sectors. We are committed to accelerating the additive manufacturing industry and will continue to build on our strength in the laser and EBM modalities by developing and bringing new technologies to market. We have a progressive approach to innovation and product development. I challenged the team to develop this new machine in 55 days. They came in ahead of time with the process of concept to first print taking only 47 days.”

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