- Aurora Labs (A3D) has successfully completed its NRE-1 research project with Gränges Powder Metallurgy
- The project aimed to determine if Gränges’ specialist aluminium alloy powders could be applied to specific types of 3D printing
- Project results were favourable, indicating that Gränges’ powders have a high likelihood of viability for applications in additive manufacturing
- The project also allowed Aurora Labs to gain further insight into its own Rapid Manufacturing Technology
- Aurora Labs is up 11.11 per cent and trading at 15 cents per share
Aurora Labs (A3D) has successfully completed its NRE-1 research project with Gränges Powder Metallurgy.
The purpose of the project was twofold; first, to examine the material properties of sample parts printed with Gränges’ specialist aluminium alloy powders. Second, to determine the likelihood of those powders being applicable in powder bed fusion additive manufacturing (AM).
Additive manufacturing, otherwise known as 3D printing, is the construction of a three-dimensional object, one super-fine layer at a time.
Aurora Labs studied metallurgical coupons printed with two of Gränges’ aluminium alloy powders. The company’s internal testing delivered favourable resulting, indicating that Gränges’ powders have a high likelihood of viability for AM applications.
As such, Aurora Labs and Gränges have agreed that the next stage of research will focus on commercial outcomes. In particular, the companies will investigate using the tested alloys to print specific parts for existing Gränges customers.
The research project also allowed Aurora Labs to gain further insight into its own Rapid Manufacturing Technology.
Aurora Labs’ CEO, Peter Snowsill, said the company is extremely pleased to have completed NRE-1 in a position to discuss further investigations with Gränges.
“It’s encouraging to see our technology performing in a specialised body of work that ultimately could lead to the commercialisation of a value-adding process and product for Gränges,” he said.
“The insights the team have gained into the behaviour of our own technology are invaluable as we continue work on the RMP-1 Technology Development Pathway,” he added.
Aurora Labs is up 11.11 per cent, trading at 15 cents per share at 12:09 pm AEDT.