Highly reflective materials can be processed thanks to the combination of the TruPrint 5000 with the TRUMPF TruDisk 1020, one of the first industrial green lasers on the market with a wavelength of 515 nm. The TruPrint 5000 Green Edition now makes it possible to 3D print materials such as copper, copper alloys and precious metals which would be impossible or extremely difficult to process with infrared wavelengths.
Green laser: 3D printing of copper and copper alloys
As a leader in innovation and technology, TRUMPF combines the know-how on additive manufacturing with competence in developing cutting-edge industrial beam sources. The unique result: TruPrint 5000 Green Edition is based on the previous TruPrint 1000 Green Edition concept and increases the build volume and productivity. With the green wavelength (515 nm), the TruPrint 5000 Green Edition has the right tool for printing highly reflective materials such as copper. This opens up new opportunities for manufacturing induction coils, components for complex cooling applications, and for products such as high-performance heat exchangers for power electronics and optoelectronics, as well as electric motor development and further high-end applications that can benefit from the highly conductive properties of copper.
Makes it possible to 3D print highly reflective materials, such as copper, copper alloys or precious metals.
Highly conductive pure copper ETP (Cu content of > 99.9 %) achieves an electrical conductivity of 100% IACS.
Robust and reproducible process at the highest level of productivity.
RFQ particle accelerator from CERN I.FAST Project
As part of the CERN-coordinated Projekts I.FAST (Innovation Fostering in Accelerator Science and Technology), the TruPrint 5000 Green Edition was used to print a radio-frequency quadrupole (RFQ). The particle accelerator is additively manufactured from pure copper. Conventionally, the component is laboriously milled, soldered and heat-treated in several steps to ensure distortion-free manufacture.
Functional example for electric motor development
Additive manufacturing offers a wide range of advantages in the development of electric motors: The design of copper windings is improved, making it possible to increase the copper fill factor. Busbars or power rails can be integrated for reduced connections. By cooling the housing, the eDrive performance increases significantly.
Gas coolers with TPMS structures
The gas cooler from Modell- und Formenbau Blasius Gerg was additively manufactured from pure copper. The hot gas that is passed through is cooled by water inside the heat exchanger, with the TPMS (Triply Periodic Minimal Surface) structures optimising efficiency and heat transfer.
In the levitation coil shown, a metallic body can be made to levitate and melt in an electromagnetic field. The seamless 3D printing of the component reduces joining and solder joints to prevent leaks in the inner cooling channel. Complex geometry requirements for wall thickness and shape are implemented.
The heat conductivity of the transistor cooler printed from pure copper is identical to that of conventional copper. Improved cooling capacity is achieved thanks to the newly designed and additive-optimised geometry. The redesign also enables effective direct assembly.
High-efficiency cooler for electronics
The TruPrint 5000 Green Edition enables the flexible, economical production of coolers made of highly conductive pure copper. The component has significantly improved cooling due to internal cooling channels that are close to the contour.
Heat exchanger with internal cooling channel
The inner cooling channel of the pure copper printed heat exchanger has a very flat attachment point and overhang angle, held only by the structure. The design, aimed at reducing mass, is comprised of the finest structures (0.5 mm) and guarantees a good surface/weight ratio. The material properties are equivalent to conventional copper ETP without the need for heat treatment directly from the machine.
Semi-conductor heat exchanger
The overall capacity of the component is increased due to the combination of an additive manufacturing-oriented design for support-free construction and geometry optimised for cooling performance, combined with the high thermal conductivity of the material equal to that of conventional pure copper. A very thin wall (0.4 - 0.5 mm) to the semi-conductor connection area also improves heat dissipation.
Drive shaft inductor
Conventionally, copper inductors consist of several segments that are bent or milled and soldered together. By way of 3D printing from pure copper, these can now be manufactured in one piece without soldering or other weak points. You benefit from a degree of design freedom for optimising the inductor efficiency and its energy consumption.
Designed by: SMS Elotherm GmbH.
Heat exchanger with liquid mixer
The pure copper heat exchanger ETP (CW004A) not only has the task of extracting the heat from a medium. It is also a liquid mixer with two separate inlets at the bottom that are mixed through several thin channels (1 mm inner diameter) into an outlet at the top of the part. The component has a conductivity of 101% IACS, 394 W/(m*K) heat conductivity and a part density of 99.9%.
TRUMPF provides the suitable software solution with TruTops Print so you can get the best out of the TruPrint machines. The modern user interface summarises all functionalities in a clear overview and facilitates quick access to all functions. Maximum efficiency and productivity with optimum printing quality, reproducibility and support-reduced overhang construction are ensured thanks to the high degree of flexibility and the individual options for data preparation, such as z-segmentation, as well as the intuitive and clearly arranged parameter management with fully accessible parameters. The high quality of the generated vector data in the WZA file format can be verified with the integrated BuildJob Viewer.
Data preparation suitable for your workflow
TruTops Print is already connected with numerous CAD/CAM systems for a seamless data preparation workflow. This offers you the greatest possible flexibility when selecting the data preparation software. Decide for yourself which solution suits your workflow perfectly.
With TRUMPF's intelligent monitoring solutions, you can monitor, analyse and calibrate the LFM process of the TruPrint machines with ease. You can then manufacture even more efficiently and achieve higher component quality. The professional monitoring process makes it possible to display and analyse sensor-based data. The product range comprises solutions for monitoring the process, condition, and performance. The monitoring results can be seen directly on the HMI of the TruPrint machine or can be analysed offline via the Monitoring Analyzer. With TruTops Monitor, you not only get transparency, but also the option to have remote access via PC or tablet. Furthermore, the OPC UA interface provides full flexibility to connect to your own software solution. With the additionally available calibration functions, you can check the process-relevant parameters for optimal production conditions before the start of the build job.
Powders and parameters
High-quality metal powders are the basis for reliable process conditions in additive manufacturing. The combination of recommended powders and the correct parameters creates high-quality material properties for 3D-printed components.
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