With the Q20plus, Arcam, a sub-company of GE Additive, has launched a 3D printer whose application is primarily focused on the aerospace industry for the production of, for example, turbine blades or structural components and, according to the manufacturer, works particularly cost-efficiently. This 3D printer joins the machine portfolio and thus complements the Arcam A2X, Spectra H, Spectra L and Q10plus 3D printers. This large-format 3D printer with a footprint of 350 x 380 mm (Ø x H) allows users to produce large components, but at the same time they can benefit from optimal and efficient stacking of small components.
Other features of the Q20plus 3D printer
Based on the electron beam melting (EBM) process, it is important to note that this 3D printer is compatible exclusively with Arcam materials; including Arcam EBM Ti6Al4V Grade 5, P-Mtrl and Arcam EBM Ti6Al4V Grade 23, P-Mtrl. In addition, the manufacturer expanded the capabilities of the Q20plus by equipping it with Arcam EBM xQam™ technology, which provides precise auto-calibration as well as powerful software that empowers users to achieve accurate beam control. A camera-based monitoring system has also been included with the Arcam EBM LayerQam™ for optimal overview of part quality. With a hardware size of 2400 x 1300 x 2945 mm and a total weight of around 2900 kilograms, the Q20plus is not only supplied with an electron beam of 3 kW power, but the user can also enjoy a powder recovery system that ensures efficient powder handling.