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AM Equipment

The National Centre for Additive Manufacturing has several workshops that house our AM and downstream processing equipment. These facilities are industrial-scale and provide representative test-beds for development work. They are also digitally connected enabling data to be captured from the process chain stages and used to optimise the processing. Our AM capabilities span the following types: metal powder bed fusion, polymer, ceramic and metal bind & sinter technologies and associated post processing equipment.

We are constantly improving and adding to our capabilities, whether it’s new machinery or adding novel materials. If you can’t find a suitable process or material for your requirement please get in contact with us via the “Contact” page to see how we can help

Metal Powder Bed Fusion equipment

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Renishaw RenAM 500Q

  • 500W quad laser
  • Build volume: 250 x 250 x 350 mm (xyz).
  • In-process monitoring fitted. In-situ powder recovery with integrated sieve. Lasers are full field.
  • Materials currently available at NCAM: Titanium

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Renishaw - AM250 PlusPac

  • 200W single laser
  • 245 x 245 x 300 mm (xyz).
  • Build chamber reduction kit available
  • Materials currently available at NCAM: Inconel/ Stainless Steel/ Maraging Steel/ Aluminium

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Trumpf TruPrint 3000

  • 500W single laser
  • Build volume: Ø300 x 400 mm
  • Interchangeable build cylinders
  • Materials currently available at NCAM: Aluminium

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EOS M280

  • 400W single laser
  • 250 x 250 x 325 mm
  • Sigma labs in-process monitoring
  • Materials currently available at NCAM: Inconel/ Titanium/ Stainless Steel/ Aluminium

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EOS M400-4

  • 400W quad laser machine
  • 400 x 400 x 400 mm
  • Lasers are not full field
  • Materials currently available at NCAM: Inconel

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AddUp FormUp 350

  • 500W dual laser machine
  • 350 x 350 x 350 mm
  • Materials currently available at NCAM: Maraging Steel

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Arcam Q20+

  • Electron beam (3kW).
  • Ø350 x 380mm
  • In addition to the two EBM machines owned by MTC, we operate a pilot production facility for a customer containing multiple additional machines.
  • Materials currently available at NCAM: Ti6Al4V

polymer equipment

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Stratasys Fortus 450mc

  • Fused deposition modelling
  • 406 x 355 x 406 mm
  • Materials currently available at NCAM: ABS, PA, ULTEM 1010, ULTEM 9085, Nylon-12 & carbon fibre, PPSF, Antero (PEKK)

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HMT PE-1 large scale deposition head

  • Fused granulate fabrication (FGF). Print size dependent on gantry / robot motion limits
  • Currently on a DMG DMU 210FD CNC, build area of 2x1.5x1.2 m
  • Materials currently available at NCAM: ABS, PLA, PET, PP or Custom materials

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HP Jet Fusion 4200

  • Polymer powder bed fusion (high speed sintering).
  • 380 x 284 x 380 mm
  • Materials currently available at NCAM: PA

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Stratasys Objet 1000 Plus

  • Polymer material jetting. 1000 x 800 x 500 mm
  • Materials currently available at NCAM: Multi-material capabilities. Variety of polymer materials including material mixing capability and full colour

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Carbon Digital Light Synthesis M2

  • Stereolithography (CLIP process)
  • 189 x 118 x 326 mm
  • Materials currently available at NCAM: High performance and engineering photopolymers

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Markforged Mark 2 Enterprise Composite

  • Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)
  • 320 x 132 x 154 mm
  • Materials currently available at NCAM: Carbon fibre/ Fiberglass/ Kevlar reinforced nylon

ceramic equipment

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Photocentric LC Precision Ceramic

  • Ceramic stereolithography with daylight curable resin.
  • 121 x 68 x 160 mm (xyz)
  • Materials currently available at NCAM: Alumina, other materials are available, please enquire

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XJet Carmel 1400

  • Ceramic (and metal) nanoparticle loaded jetting
  • 500 x 280 x 200 mm (xyz)
  • Materials currently available at NCAM: Zircona

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3D Systems ProJet 660 Pro

  • Ceramic binder jetting
  • 254 x 381 x 203 mm (xyz)
  • Materials currently available at NCAM: Alumina, other materials are available, please enquire

Bind and Sinter Equipment

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AIM3D ExAM 255

  • Material Extrusion AM using injection moulding
  • Build Volume: 255x255x255 mm
  • Layer height: Depends on the desired printing time and component quality (75 – 250 µm)
  • Heating of the heating plate: Up to 120 °C
  • Currently materials available at NCAM: Stainless Steel 316L

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Digital Metal DMP2500

  • Scaled build volume of 170 x 150 x 57 mm (xyz)
  • Materials currently available at NCAM: 316L Stainless Steel
  • Other materials are available for Digital Metal (17-4PH, D2 tool steel, nickel superalloys: DM625, DM247 and Ti64).

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Carbolite HTK 8

  • Insulation material: Molybdenum
  • Functional volume: 250 x 250 x 400mm
  • Tmax vacuum (°C): 1600
  • Operational in: Vacuum, H2 or N2 atmospheres 

post processing section

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Solukon SFM-AT800-S - Automated Powder Removal System

  • Programmable paths and frequency to provide standardised methods of depowdering for intricate internal channels
  • The process runs in a protected atmosphere and the powder can be collected for recycling
  • Max Part Dimensions (W x D x H)800 x 400 x 550mm³
  • Max Part Weight 300kg

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Abra Fluid Hot Isostatic Press (HIP)

  • Ø170 x 260mm, Max Temp 2000°C,
  • Max pressure 2000 bar, programmable cycles

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Guyson Formula 1400 – Blasting Cabinet

  • Grit Blasting
  • Internal cavity size: 815 x 560 x 591 mm (xyz)

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ActOn Finishing CPM10 – Centrifugal High Energy Finishing

  • 4 barrel, 10 L capacity.
  • Barrels 157 mm length x 129 mm diameter, with a max barrel speed of 225 RPM
  • Variety of finishing media and compounds available

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ActOn Finishing DTB 50 – Centrifugal Disc Finishing

  • Disc Finishing machine
  • 38 L capacity, 5.5 kW motor max speed 260 RPM.
  • Variety of finishing media and compounds available

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Extrude Hone EasyFlow 200 – Internal Surface Finishing

  • Abrasive Flow Machining
  • 200mm media cylinder diameter, 320mm stroke length, up to 61 bar and 34 L/min

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GF 300 SP - Wire EDM

  • MTC has several wire electrical discharge machining (EDM) machines which are all suitable for cutting variety of small to large components
  • Max Part Size: 550 x 350 x 400 mm

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KASTOwin amc - Automated bandsaw A4.6

  • Adaptors for all MTC LPBF baseplates
  • Cutting range 400 x 400 mm

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Carbolite GPCMA/174 Vacuum Furnace

  • Functional volume of 428x500x815 mm (height, width and depth)
  • Maximum temperature of 1150 degC
  • Programmable cycles, argon purge and forced cooling available