Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom has created a new unit, Rusatom-Additive Technologies (RusAT), for the development of 3D printing, fuel company Tvel (part of Rosatom) announced on 12 February. The new company expects annual revenues of up to RUB50bn ($863m) by 2025 and take a share of more than 1.5% of the world market in additive technologies. RusAT Director General Alexey Dubov said Rosatom had developed a prototype of a second-generation industrial 3D printer, which will enter serial production before the end of 2018. |It and will cost 20% less than similar products produced by other companies overseas and will have better specifications.
RusAT, a subsidiary Tvel, will focus on four key areas: the production of a line of 3D printers and their components; the creation of materials and metal powders for 3D printing; the development of integrated software for additive systems; and the performance of services on 3D-printing and the introduction of additive technologies into production. The production facilities for equipment and materials are located at various Rosatom enterprises, mainly at Tvel’s plants in the city of Novouralsk (Sverdlovsk Region) NPO Centrotech and the Ural Electrochemical Integrated Plant. There are also additional areas at the Novouralsk site for new production facilities. RusAT, as an industry integrator, will coordinate the creation and development of products, as well as provide a portfolio of orders and contracts.