About Us

  Metal additive manufacturing has grown tremendously in its capabilities in recent years. These developments have opened the doors for new innovations and advancements not available with traditional manufacturing methods. However, for all its benefits, metal 3D printing has a few major drawbacks that prevent it from being more widely implemented.

  Most metal 3D printers are powder based. This powder, along with the powder-based printers, is very costly and has several health and safety risks. Furthermore, the machines are typically slow and not well suited for near-net fabrication or large-scale production. At Generational Systems, or Gene-Sys, we have developed solutions to these problems.

  Our technology began with the Master's Thesis research conducted by our founder, Michael Knotts, at Auburn University. He, along with a design team, explored new options for decreasing the cost of metal 3D printing. While developing an experimental system, they were not only able to decrease costs, but also create a machine with faster build times, safer operating conditions, and greater ease-of-use.

  We believe that this technology holds many exciting opportunities for metal 3D printing to be tested and utilized. Previously would have been too costly, too slow, or required extensive training for operators. This technology is especially well suited for near-net applications, as it can allow for rapid builds at low-costs. By allowing for creative engineering tools to be low-cost and easy to access, the possibilities for innovation are boundless.

Whats Available on the Market

Other 3D Printers:

  • Powder Based

  • Safety Risks

  • Slow

  • No large Scale Production

  • Not Very User Friendly

What Sets Us Apart

Generational Systems 3D Printer:

  • All In One

  • Faster

  • Large Scale Production

  • Safer

  • More Affordable

  • User Friendly

Demonstration and Details

Generational Systems 3D Printer Parts:

  • The Print Head

    The print head uses a multi-part design involving a custom geometry nozzle surrounded by an induction heating jacket and connected to a material guide tube. This system allows for a modular design that can swap between materials and accurate control of the molten volume within the crucible.

  • The Build Plate

    The build plate design uses an overlay surface of a textured material of a similar alloy to the deposited metal. This improves print accuracy while also providing reliable adhesion of the initial print layer. This is done through controlling surface area of contact during the initial layer deposition.

  • The Feed System

    The feed system uses a wire-based extrusion method, based on a custom feed wire profile. This pressure from incoming material, combined with a pressure head formed from a shielding gas contributes to deposition. The constant flow of shielding gas also maintains wire temperature prior to it melting.


Generational Systems 3D Illustration:

Meet the Team

Our team has spent several years working to develop a new and innovative method of metal 3D printing accessible to the private use. With many years combined experience in industry, research, and 3D printing, we have a unique position and understanding of the metal additive manufacturing market. We seek to be disruptors in the metal additive manufacturing field by providing the tools for creation, invention, and fabrication for all.