Seen at EMO: Laser Metal Deposition Integrated in Moving Column Machining Center
Machine tool builder Ibarmia used the recent EMO show in Milan, Italy, to introduce its new machine combining milling and turning capability with additive manufacturing. The five-axis, moving-column, hybrid machining center features a laser cladding head for growing parts or features additively within the same cycle that also performs subtractive CNC machining. The head can be changed out automatically within the machining cycle, mounting within the spindle’s HSK taper.
The moving-column design of the machine allows for large workpieces, while a rotary axis at the table allows for vertical turning. For the additive capability, the company says the machine’s control system allows the user to choose between two modes: optimizing metal deposition rate or optimizing the amount of material layered onto the part. The first choice targets production speed, while the second choice targets cost by minimizing how much added material must be machined away.
A team of students in Finland produced this video of their vision of how parts may be produced in the future. This entry won Fastems’ conceptual design competition held in honor of the company’s 30 years of building flexible manufacturing systems.
Large-scale additive manufacturing platform is the largest 3D printer yet simulated. Watch video for example of how simulation using program G-code catches an error that would otherwise lead to a failed build.
The Cool Parts Show, Episode 1: This Rocket Fuel Injector Is a Solid Part That Contains a Working Motor
Our new video series debuts with a look at a solid metal part made through additive manufacturing that was built with a motor embedded inside. The motor sealed within the part adjusts the rocket’s fuel mixture while the rocket is in flight.