The new additive printing process with metal is probably one of the most complex and impressive printing technologies of our time. One of the greatest advantages of the laser fusion technology is the freedom it offers in design. Components can be created which would either not be feasible with conventional production methods or would involve relatively lengthy processes and several operations. The benefits are particularly obvious in the production of prototypes and small batches, but also in the construction of jigs and fixtures.
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An advanced 3D metal printer was added to our machine shop in 2018. The new generation laser printer melts the metal powder at those points where the workpiece is to be formed so that the metal particles are permanently fused together. In this process new components are created layer for layer on the basis of a computer generated CAD model.
Initial trials and tests are already in process
Our first tests and small batches show that there are hardly any limits to ideas and visions. The components have no disadvantages compared to traditionally fabricated parts. There is absolutely no difference in their mechanical and thermal load carrying capacity.
A large number of metallic materials in powder form can be used for production in this process, such as steel, aluminium or titanium. At present, we are concentrating mainly on printing with stainless steel material, similar to steel grade 1.4404. The corresponding powder designation is EOS StainlessSteel 316L.
We would be happy to provide you with the relevant data sheets. We can subsequently mill, grind, laser weld and treat the surfaces of the components.
Most of the machine tools in our production shop are from TRUMPF. The new machines in the 3D metal printing series, which are marketed under the TruPrint name, employ additive manufacturing technology called laser metal fusion. In this process components are created from nothing more than powder and laser light. The laser builds up the parts layer by layer. Additive manufacturing thus differs fundamentally from the stock removal and forming processes that have previously dominated industrial production. Thanks to the laser fusion technology, it is even possible to produce geometrically complex objects which cannot be achieved using traditional methods.
The manufactured components comply with the highest material standards, even for demanding applications. Stability and low weight make the technology particularly interesting for lightweight designs and bionic structures, such as those used in the automotive industry, mechanical engineering, fixtures and jigs, automation, medical engineering and aerospace engineering. Furthermore, the freedom of design that is offered is almost boundless. Complex shapes and individual parts can be produced quickly, flexibly and economically.
The 3D metal printer we use has been designed specifically for smaller and intricate parts. This facilitates an optimum production quality while guaranteeing highly efficient integration in our entire production process. The necessary set-up times and unavoidable cleaning operations after a changeover to another part are thus minimized. That saves time and money and enables us to offer our customers very attractive terms and conditions. At the moment we are using the printer specifically in prototype development. However, the machine also offers us and our customers greater possibilities for efficiently implementing custom solutions in the construction of fixtures and jigs.
Examples of products
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We look forward to exploring with you the limits of what is feasible.