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New Metal 3D Printing Machine at University of North Texas

Friday, September 11, 2020

A new metal additive manufacturing (AM) machine at The University of North Texas (UNT) allows researchers at UNT’s Center for Agile and Adaptive Additive Manufacturing to explore materials and use cases. The machine, a B8 model from Meld, enables use of existing aluminum, magnesium and titanium, according to Meld officials, as opposed to other metal 3D printing machines that require specially formulated, sometimes costly materials.

The B8 features a 12 by 12 by 36-in. build area and can accommodate large parts for coatings and repairs. Meld’s patented open-air, solid-state weld-like process reportedly does not require hot isostatic pressing and other considerations as with melting and resolidification processes. The Meld process recently employed in a demonstration to produce what reportedly is the world’s largest AM aluminum cylinder.

The machine is housed in a dedicated space located in the UNT College of Engineering’s new Discovery Park facility in Denton, TX. 


See also: Meld Manufacturing

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