9/9/2015 | 1 MINUTE READ

Partnership Adds Laser Melting Capacity

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The Blok Group has purchased two laser melting systems from Concept Laser, its collaborator in a strategic partnership focused on developing new design approaches for 3D geometries.


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Jan Floor van Egmond, Director of Landré and Erik Blok, CEO of the Blok Group (from left to right) in the Landré showroom. Photo courtesy of Concept Laser.

The Blok Group (Velsen-Noord, The Netherlands), a provider of engineering, prototyping, 3D printing and other services, has recently invested in two laser melting systems from Concept Laser (Lichtenfels, Germany). An X line 2000R system offering a work envelope of 800 × 400 × 500 mm was selected for its speed and build volume. The second machine, an M2 cusing system, offers a medium-sized additive manufacturing solution for building 3D geometries. Installation of the M2 cusing begins in August 2015, while the X line 2000R will be installed in the first quarter 2016.

The added capacity is a reflection of a strategic partnership existing between the Blok Group, Landré and Concept Laser. Within the partnership, the Blok Group serves as the technical manufacturing service provider, Landré is the local sales partner and Concept Laser is the system provider.

Oliver Edelmann, head of sales and marketing at Concept Laser, describes the partnership as follows: “A partnership of this kind offers the processing company an opportunity to combine materials expertise and new design approaches for 3D geometries with optimal system parameters. This allows us to blend application requirements perfectly with system and process engineering options."

Erik Blok adds: "This network allows us to operate in two directions: Redesigning existing products which until now have been built conventionally via machining, and manufacturing new products which are developed specifically for the opportunities that additive manufacturing offers as early as the design phase. Overall, the additive solutions offer diverse potential which cannot be achieved, or cannot be achieved satisfactorily with conventional machining strategies.”