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Cummins invests in GE’s Binder Jet additive manufacturing technology to reduce costs
May 06, 2019
Source: ASM International
Cummins Inc., Columbus, Indiana, is set to expand its additive manufacturing capabilities by implementing GE Additive’s high-precision Binder Jetting AM technology, initially focusing on low-volume parts as engineers investigate the best way to use AM in higher-volume manufacturing. Cummins is one of the first customers to invest in GE’s Binder Jet technology, and the company says that this investment will support its plan to advance manufacturing processes.
Binder jetting is a technology in which a print head moves across a bed of powder and selectively deposits a liquid binding agent in the shape of the section, bonding these areas together to form a solid part one layer at a time. Depending on complexity, the part can be printed 60 to 100 times faster than by laser-based printing processes.
Cummins recently sold its first metal additively manufactured part, a bracket produced on a GE Additive Concept Laser M2 system. Cummins is a strategic partner for GE Additive, which in traduced the first prototype of its Binder Jet system, then called the H1, in December 2017. The company is now quickly scaling its Binder Jet technology, first into pilot lines, then into a complete, industrialised factory solution – expected to be commercially available in early 2021.With the addition of GE’s Binder Jet technology, Cummins expects to be able to additively manufacture medium to large size complex parts at high throughput and at a comparatively lower cost.
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