Additive Manufacturing Systems

Complexity Comes for Free

Producing metal parts in a powder bed fusion process is proving to be a game changer in the energy sector, where it generates new opportunities to produce previously impossible geometries in internal cooling channels or undercuts that are used in all sorts of heat exchangers and turbine generator systems.
Additive Manufacturing Systems: Articles

The Largest Qualified 3D Metal Part for European Aerospace is Here

3D printed by powder-bed-based laser melting, Europe’s largest additively manufactured part in orbit is an antenna support for satellites made of aluminum with dimensions of 447 x 204.5 x 391 mm3, excluding the height of build plate. (first view)
How do you economically produce huge parts with intricate geometry that has a tendency to warp but must withstand critical applications in a demanding environment? Here’s the answer.

A Unique Partnership: Metal Additive Manufacturing and Conventional Machining

Metal AM lowers total cost by creating highly intricate components that eliminate assemblies, are lighter and possess increased structural capabilities and product durability that perform at higher efficiencies and temperatures. Here is a lightweight combustion chamber for a European Space Agency communication satellite engine incorporating mesh geometry for advanced structural and thermal performance.
Here are five important aspects of the design and manufacturing process that everyone should understand to properly and successfully implement metal additive manufacturing within your company.

Additive Manufacturing: Making Sense of Laser Metal Deposition and 3D Printing

Traditional manufacturing processes alter forms through material removal, heat or mechanical force. But in generative or additive manufacturing, structures are built up layer by layer. Laser additive manufacturing, electron beam melting and laser metal deposition are all types of additive manufacturing processes.
Because metal additive manufacturing processes are complex and require extensive material and process knowledge, it can be difficult for a metal fabricator to see how or when 3D printing might fit. To help make sense of it all, let’s consider the basics of additive manufacturing and 3D printing and how it all relates to metal fabrication.

Veterinary Medicine Adopts 3D Metal Printing

The perfectly fitting beak prosthetic was secured in place on the bird with bone cement and colorful rhinestone-styled orthopedic screws. The bird was able to try out the beak within 48 hours and made a full recovery while awaiting placement at a zoo. (first view)
The durability and strength of metal, coupled with a nimble approach to product development and reduced lead times, are driving the widespread adoption of metal additive manufacturing for orthopedic care and prosthetics. Here is one example where 3D metal printing recently proved to be a truly lifesaving process.

NextGen Spaceframe Combines Lightweight Construction and Flexibility

The EDAG Light Cocoon concept car is the visionary embodiment of a compact sports car with a completely bionically optimized and additively manufactured vehicle structure that is combined with an outer skin made from weatherproof textile material and a variable light design. (Photo courtesy of EDAG Engineering)
A functionally integrated, bionically optimized vehicle structure offers new potential for lightweight construction and greater manufacturing flexibility of automobiles.


Additive Manufacturing Systems: Industry News

Preco Receives Order for Flexible Hybrid Multi-Laser System

The Brazilian Senai Institute of Laser Innovation has ordered a $1.8 million SL-8600 hybrid laser/MIG system based on Cartesian machine tool motion for laser welding, additive manufacturing and more.

SLM Solutions Approves Merger with GE Aviation

Further development of SLM Solutions into an AM solutions supplier is a strategic step for GE Aviation in becoming a digital industrial company.

BeAM and GeonX Partner to Combine Simulation with AM

This strategic alliance aims to develop the first integrated Simulation-Process-Machine system.


Additive Manufacturing Systems: Products

3D Printing Metal Parts Quickly and Flexibly

Booth C-35041: Ideal for job shops, medical or dental operations, or R&D environments, the compact TruPrint 1000 laser metal fusion system from TRUMPF can economically produce individual pieces or short production runs of parts with complex geometry, such as those with internal channels and hollow spaces.
The TruPrint 1000 laser metal fusion system from TRUMPF is a perfect fit for job shops, medical or dental customers, or for R&D environments.

IMTS 2016: Additive Manufacturing

Booth N-71: The metal-based SLM 280HL Selective Laser Melting additive manufacturing system from SLM Solutions combines an increased build envelope with dual laser technology, faster bi-directional recoating, open software controls and closed-loop powder handling to be the fastest machine in its class for building complex and completely dense metal parts.
Additive manufacturing enables layer-by-layer processes to fabricate three-dimensional products. See the continued improvements in materials and processes that are producing more industrial additive solutions than ever.

3D Print Head Adapter for CNC Machines

Booth S-8319: The new spindle-powered wireless 3D Print Head from Hurco extrudes plastic PLA filament to transform WinMax part programs on a CNC vertical machining center into 3D printed rapid prototypes directly on the machine. There are no wires to install so it can easily be moved to other Hurco machining centers within a shop.
The spindle-powered wireless 3D Print Head from Hurco enables shops with no solid modeling experience to transform their WinMax part programs into a 3D printed rapid prototype directly on their CNC machine.