Romar Builds on Additive Manufacturing Capability with Cutting-Edge 3D Printer

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Romar Engineering is pleased to unveil our latest 3D printing technology – the Concept Laser M2 Series 5, a Direct Metal Laser Melting (DMLM) machine from GE Additive, designed, tested and optimised in partnership with GE Aviation.

The Concept Laser M2 Series 5 pushes the boundary of additive manufacturing. The next generation of DMLM machine, its superior part quality, machine usability and repeatability at scale, make it the ideal choice for highly regulated industries including aerospace, medical, mining and defence.

“We committed to the purchase in December 2020,” explains Alan Lipman, Romar CEO.

“There were the inevitable delivery delays due to COVID-19 but we finally took delivery in August. We’ve already built an expert team around the printer, so once we finalise installation, we’ll be ready for diverse and niche advanced manufacturing applications.”

Romar Engineering is preparing to become the leading design-centric and qualification-focused contract manufacturer for metal additive manufacturing in Australia. We’ve built a team of experienced additive experts specialising in material parameters development, advanced computational design, and qualification of the entire additive value chain from process to parts. We offer value standing shoulder to shoulder with our customers for regulatory submissions and critical design reviews.

The M2 Series 5 is the latest addition to Romar’s advanced manufacturing technology, providing a whole new world of opportunity for our clients.

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Elevating additive manufacturing

The M2 Series 5 creates complex metal 3D geometries with outstanding precision. GE has worked with aviation customers to perfect the M2 Series 5, optimising speed and productivity, part-to-part and machine-to-machine consistency, reliability, quality and uptime.

The machine’s components and systems are ideal for highly regulated, industrial environments. It delivers exceptional levels of productivity and repeatability by minimising the effects of process validation. The result is a fast build that will help lower your company costs.

The M2 Series 5 ‘design for additives’ allows customers to focus on specific objectives including improved mechanical properties, weight reduction and material upgrades. Romar advanced manufacturing customers can expect high-performance parts and components that help minimise downtime and enhance long-term efficiency.

State-of-the-Art Technology

… with State-of-the-Art Technology

Key features of the M2 Series 5 include best-in-class safety concept with physical separation of process chamber and handling area for safe and user-friendly operation plus optimised build volume and optics. Highlights include:

  • Bigger build volume: 245 x 245 x 350 mm
  • 400W single laser with 70 – 500 µm spot size
  • Improved gas flow system
  • Inert sieving and powder exchange
  • Maximized machine uptime
  • Pre-calculation software, saving time when building complex parts
  • Designed for usability and maintainability

 

Romar Engineering has stock parameters for Stainless Steel 316, Inconel 718, and Titanium 6-4. Our team is well on it’s way creating large scale DOE’s to optimise surface finish, productivity, and performance for those base parameters. By year’s end GrCop42, maraging steel, and high temperature aluminium will be on deck for parameter validation and offered exclusively to our customers.

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… and Leading Expertise

Alan explains that while the technology is state-of-the-art, it is only effective in conjunction with engineering expertise.

“Anyone can buy the latest printer,” he says, “but it’s nothing unless you have a team with the experience, an understanding of its full capability and the capacity to oversee every stage of design and build work.”

Our leading additive engineers work collaboratively with our manufacturing engineers and material specialists to deliver complex projects and commercially-driven, innovative manufacturing solutions for clients in the aerospace, medical, mining and defence sectors.

To discuss the potential of the M2 Series 5 for your next project, please contact us.