Cummins Inc., an American producer and remanufacturer of engines, has invested in a beta-stage H2 binder jet steel 3D printer from GE Additive.
On the acquisition, Cummins’ Vice President of International Manufacturing, Tim Millwood, mentioned, “By investing in 3D steel additive applied sciences from GE Additive, we’re investing in Cummins and our prospects,”
“This know-how has the potential to supply our prospects with a faster, lower-cost manufacturing technique that in the end makes use of much less vitality, which suggests we will higher serve our prospects and cut back our environmental affect.”
The instruments for Business four.zero
To maintain its manufacturing chain environment friendly, the hundred-year-old producer has continued to include Business four.zero options, reminiscent of automation, Web of Issues, AI, and 3D printing.
Presently, Cummins’ Analysis and Growth Heart in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, has three 3D printers, and Cummins Technical Heart (CTC) in Columbus homes the Idea Laser M2 steel 3D printer by GE Additive. Moreover, as a part of the CTC’s Supplies Laboratory, the middle has a devoted Additive Manufacturing Laboratory.
Along with this, the corporate’s analysis necessities in steel 3D printing are fulfilled by the Oak Ridge Nationwide Laboratory in Tennessee with whom Cummins is companions. Just lately, in an effort to check the scalability of 3D printed elements, Cummins additionally offered its first 3D printed steel half made on a Idea Laser M2.
To date Cummins Inc. has targeted on low-volume manufacturing with 3D printing. The corporate makes use of its 3D printers to remanufacture elements and engines beneath the model title ReCon. With the addition of a totally practical beta H2 binder jet machine by GE Additive, Cummins hopes to extend the pace and quantity of 3D printed elements.
A 3D printed steel bracket made on a Idea Laser M2 by Cummins. Picture by way of Cummins.
Progress of the GE Additive H2
The H2 is a successor of GE’s H1 binder jet steel 3D printer, first teased by the corporate in 2017. Since that time, GE binder jet growth has remained largely in stealth mode.
Jake Brunsberg, GE Additive’s International Industrial Lead for Binder Jet Expertise, mentioned, “In early 2019, we launched the beta testing and companion program and intentionally sought out companions and key prospects, like Cummins, who’re dedicated to mass manufacturing […] Above all, we need to companion with firms whose companies and prospects will profit tremendously from binder jet applied sciences.”
H2, a binder jet BETA machine by GE Additive. Picture by way of GE Additive.
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Featured picture reveals H2, a binder jet BETA machine by GE Additive. Picture by way of GE Additive.
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