29/10/2020 - 11:10

Aurora Labs collaborates with US computer giant HP on 3D printing tech

29/10/2020 - 11:10

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ASX-listed 3D metal printing developer, Aurora Labs, is exploring software innovation with US computing giant HP Inc., investigating the potential compatibility of HP software to generate 3D print files with Aurora’s printers. HP said its new Universal Build Manager leverages its software to enable simplified and automated build preparation across multiple additive manufacturing technologies at super-charged speeds.

Perth-based 3D metal printing developer ASX-listed Aurora Labs, is in discussions with US computing giant HP Inc., investigating the potential compatibility of HP software to generate 3D print files with Aurora’s printers.

HP said its new Universal Build Manager leverages its software to enable simplified and automated build preparation across multiple additive manufacturing technologies at super-charged speeds.

The build preparation includes the creation of a digital design model which then acts as the instruction manual for the 3D printing process to follow.

Aurora said it recognised the potential value in combining HP’s Universal Build Manager with its own Rapid Manufacturing Technology, or “RMT” to further optimise print speeds for its RMP-1 3D metal printer.

Interestingly, HP’s own marketing used the term “supercharged speeds” as it rolled out the promotion of its “Universal Build Manager Powered by Dendrite” software platform across multiple additive manufacturing technologies.

HP’s spiel included Aurora Labs as one of around a dozen 3D printer system developers it is collaborating with as it introduces its new “HP 3D Factory Services” offering to the world.

Yesterday, the GM and Global Head of 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing at HP Inc., Ramon Pastor commented:

“Automation, software and data are key to delivering mass customization of parts and unlocking the full potential of large-scale additive manufacturing.”

“We are committed to relentlessly improving our capabilities and helping customers optimize and automate workflows, enable compelling new applications, and produce sustainable, high quality parts at scale.”

Not surprisingly, Aurora is assessing the compatibility of HP’s software solution to optimise prints speeds even further as it marches ahead toward its target of commercialising the RMP-1 printer next year.

Aurora Labs has already successfully completed the first phase print parameter testing of its RMP-1 printer as it powers up the process to deliver high-speed, high-density printing results that aim to outperform its competitor’s laser bed fusion printers.

Aurora’s patented Multi-Layer Concurrent Printing, or “MCP” technology allows for the 3D printing of multiple layers of powders in a single pass, up to 55 times faster than printing layer-upon-layer as per other additive manufacturing processes.

The Peter Snowsill-led Aurora will also use this collaborative opportunity with HP to consider the potential for further joint development with HP in the 3D printing space.

With a fist full of cash following a recent, over-subscribed $3m capital raising, plus a couple of international patents tucked tightly into its belt, Aurora now has some high-powered, heavyweight software support to keep it ahead of the pack racing to develop the next generation of high-tech metal printers.

 

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