The MTC, on Ansty Park near Coventry, is to take delivery of a state-of-the-art metal binder-jetting printer which allows for the fast production of complicated and highly detailed components. The machine, supplied by Swedish high-precision 3D printing specialist company Digital Metal, is designed for small, highly complex parts and will be the only one available in the UK.
Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is employed across many manufacturing sectors in a variety of materials, producing everything from simple tools to major parts for aero engines. The MTC houses the National Centre for Additive Manufacturing (NCAM) bringing together the most comprehensive combination of equipment and capability in the UK. It is also home to the European Space Agency's additive manufacturing benchmarking centre, and recently became the only non-US partner in ASTM International's Centre of Excellence in Additive Manufacture.
The Digital Metal binder-jetting printer will be operational next month and one of the key projects to use it will be the DRAMA project (further details below). The equipment will be available to MTC member companies and other businesses and organisations interested in testing the technology or taking designs to prototype and pre-production level.
Pictured: The DM machine can print small, highly complex precision metal parts
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