Singapore, 30.05.2018 - The Pro-AM Conference was held in Singapore from 14 to 17 May 2018, presenting the latest commercial and scientific progress in Additive Manufacturing. TRUMPF participated at the conference informing visitors about technologies and applications in 3D metal printing.
Additive manufacturing and 3D printing are technologies that are both constantly advancing. The fields of application go far beyond just the manufacturing industry: 3D printing is used to create electronics and metal components for machinery or even for bioprinting, where lasers can be used to print tissue. The event overall saw a congregation of 3D printing users coming together to learn and share about the knowledge acquired from each of their respective fields and also gaining an in-depth understanding of the challenges for the current and potential applications for the technology.
TRUMPF displayed its solutions for 3D printing of metal components at the conference. With TRUMPF 3D printers, metal components can be created just by using metal powder and laser light. On the basis of a 3D model, a laser melts on the metal powder and solidifies it layer by layer to produce a high-quality workpiece. This method enables the production of geometrically complex objects and allows to freely design any desired shapes.
When it comes to additive manufacturing there exist two different methods: Laser Metal Deposition (LMD) and Laser Metal Fusion (LMF). TRUMPF is the only manufacturer in the world to offer both from a single source. But what exactly is the difference between laser metal fusion and laser metal deposition?