Ukrainian 3D Printing System Was Bought by Great Britain
According to Greencubator, the British Institute of Welding announced the partnership with the Ukrainian company Red Wave. The cooperation is based on the ordering of the 3D printing system by titanium for the aerospace industry of Britain.
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The 3D printing system is called the xBeam, and it will begin operation at the TWI production site in Cambridge in the autumn of 2019. Collaboration with the company is part of the Open Architecture Additive Manufacturing project, which the institute launched last year. The main goal of the project is to provide the British aerospace industry with a wide range of parts created by means of 3D printing technology.
As Dr. Sofia Del Pozo said, the system was quite flexible and impressed the scientists by precise process control. The whole British aerospace industry is waiting for the launch of this cooperation as it will lead to coping with many difficulties at this stage.
3D printing technology saves a significant amount of resources and produces parts with less waste. If the traditional way of manufacturing the parts consumes 20-30 kg of titanium, then with xBeam technology from Ukrainian developers it will cost only 3-5 kg.
The new technology of 3D printing has been developed and released by the Ukrainian company “Chervona Hvilya.” Engineers of the company understood that the world metallurgical industry is moving towards resource saving, energy saving, and production acceleration as well. Therefore, 3D printing has become a tool that could help join the general global trend in terms of saving resources. Moreover, it has triggered scientists to develop its own technology, which has no alternative in the world. Having received a patent for the product, Chervona Hvilya built a pilot system xBeam 3D Metal Printing. An experimental 3D device began printing a wide range of products from conventional industrial wire, simplifying the process of manufacturing parts.
The first titanium part which was produced by the 3D printer was installed on a Boeing-787 civilian aircraft. It happened in 2017 and became a signal to the developers of Chervona Hvilya. The company began to move in the direction of the aerospace industry.
How exactly does 3D printing affect metallurgical performance? Traditionally, parts are machined from tools of solid rectangular plates or cylindrical blanks, the majority of which goes to waste. Thanks to 3D printing, the mentioned parts will be as close as possible to the final product and will require only minor post-processing. XBeam 3D Metal Printing is able to reduce production waste by five times. Moreover, the 3D printer reduces the use of titanium to produce parts and thus affects the number of hazardous emissions to the atmosphere. If earlier we needed 10-20 kg of material for a kilogram titanium product, then thanks to 3D Metal Printing technology, now this indicator has decreased to 3-5 kg.
Nowadays the company is working with international company AMS International, which creates and adapts software for the Ukrainian company. The Ukrainian representatives of the aerospace industry are interested in the developments of Chervona Hvilya. And it is worth to admit that the company conducts test works for Ukrainian colleagues for free because it wants to show the results of the work in the domestic market as soon as possible.