Components, no matter what shape they have. Prototypes, unique items, and small and large series. Additive manufacturing is shaping the future of the manufacturing industry like hardly any other process. Additive manufacturing and/or laser sintering or laser melting can be used to manufacture, coat or repair components with extremely high material requirements. Compared with traditional, ablative manufacturing methods such as turning or milling, in additive manufacturing the design determines manufacturing. This is why it is referred to as "design for additive manufacturing" (DfAM).
TRUMPF has brought two additive manufacturing laser processes to industrial maturity in the last 20 years which can be used to create complex shapes and individual metal components layer-by-layer from metal powder quickly, flexibly and cheaply: laser metal fusion and laser metal deposition. As a pioneer in additive manufacturing methods, TRUMPF provides complete solutions with machines, beam sources and services – all of which they have developed and produced themselves. This provides a clear competitive advantage to customers.
Which application examples are there for additive manufacturing?
- Creation of a personalised cranial implant or construction of dental crowns and bridges (LMF)
- Additive manufacturing of heat exchangers with extremely fine lattice structures (LMF)
- Coating of a maize chopper in order to improve the service life (LMD)
- Repair of a compressor blade after wear (LMD)
How are the additive manufacturing processes different?
An increasing number of variants, increasingly small lot sizes – the trend in many manufacturing industries is clear. Laser metal fusion (LMF) and laser metal deposition (LMD) are the two laser-based processes that take on these challenges and make additive manufacturing more and more attractive for industrial use. However, how are the processes different technically and which technology is precisely suited to which fields of application?
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