Metal AM

Metal 3D Printer Saves Weight, Minimizes Postprocessing

IMTS 2018: Big Systems showcases Markforged’s Metal X 3D printer, designed to avoid the safety risks of powder-based printers and to be easily installed on shop floors. 

Metal 3D Printers Use Wire Form Process

IMTS 2018: Gefertec’s GTarc3000-3 and GTarc800-5 metal 3D printers are designed for large-scale production and for research and development applications.

Elcan Industries Hi-Sifter Reclaims Dense Metal Powders

Designed specifically to handle dense metal powders, the system is capable of making fine separations to remove oversize splatter and maximize yield. 

Coherent Acquires O.R. Lasertechnologie GmbH

The acquisition adds O.R. Laser's direct metal deposition (DMD) and selective layer melting (SLM) additive manufacturing technologies to Coherent's offerings.

Aluminum Alloy for 3D Printing Combines Benefits with Familiarity

IMTS 2018: Elementum 3D’s AL6061-RAM2% product is an aluminum 6061 material that achieves properties comparable to wrought 6061-T6 on existing laser powder-bed fusion equipment.

Nozzle Reduces Pores, Cracks in Laser Cladding

IMTS 2018: The AL-Flow Powder annular gap nozzle from Alpha Laser contributes to uniform melting in laser cladding applications. 

Additive Manufacturing Moves Toward Tailored Materials

A conversation with Carpenter Technology suggests that AM is moving past existing materials toward specialized and eventually fully custom options. The company’s CarTech Puris 5+ titanium powder is one illustration. 

Selective Laser Melting System Improves Efficiency, Powder Handling

IMTS 2018: DMG MORI’s Lasertec 30 SLM selective laser melting system enables the use of different powder materials, while an intelligent powder module concept speeds up changes of material. 

Hopper Provides Batch-to-Batch Powder Management for 3D Printing

IMTS 2018: The PowderTrace hopper from Renishaw and LPW Technology is an external powder silo option for the RenAM 500 series of AM systems.

GE Additive Introduces Arcam EBM Spectra H

The electron beam melting (EBM) melting system offers a large build volume and is designed to handle high-heat and crack-prone materials.

Penn State to Install Super-Finishing Lab for Metal 3D-Printed Parts

The funding for the lab is part of a one-year project to explore the uses of metal 3D printing for naval applications. 

3D Printer Can Run For a Week Hands-Free

IMTS 2018: Sodick’s large-capacity OPM350L metal 3D printer/CNC hybrid expands the usable work area and introduces the Material Recovery System (MRS) unit.