11/3/2015 | 1 MINUTE READ

Trumpf to Unveil New AM Systems for Metals

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The laser manufacturer has plans to offer both laser metal fusion and laser metal deposition machines.

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Laser manufacturer Trumpf will be presenting new 3D printing machines for metal parts at the Formnext trade fair, to be held in Frankfurt, Germany, November 17-20. Both laser metal fusion (LMF) and laser metal deposition (LMD) machines will be on display. LMF systems generate parts layer by layer in a bed of powder, and are best for making elaborate and geometrically complicated parts. In LMD systems, the laser creates a melted pool on the surface of a part and fuses the powder, added simultaneously in a powder stream, to achieve the desired shape. LMD systems are capable of adding closely defined structures to existing tools and components, doing so at high processing speed.

To support its development of these metal additive manufacturing technologies, the company has established a new division at its Ditzingen headquarters. The results and developments derived from the joint venture founded together with Sisma, a maker of laser systems based in Italy, have also supported the company’s efforts.

"The introduction of these new 3D printers is an essential first step, since additive manufacturing will not only supplement production techniques in the future, but will also exert a formative influence on them," explains Dr.-Ing. E.h. Peter Leibinger, head of Trumpf Laser-und Systemtechnik GmbH. "We will be offering rugged and highly productive machinery with which small and medium-sized parts incorporating complex structures can be manufactured," Leibinger adds.

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