GE Additive Releases Updated Concept Laser M2 Cusing Machines
Updates to the Concept Laser M2 Cusing and M2 Cusing Multilaser machines provide users with an increased level of productivity and reliability.
Edited by AM Staff
Updates to GE Additive’s Concept Laser M2 Cusing and M2 Cusing Multilaser metal additive manufacturing (AM) machines provide users with an increased level of productivity and reliability, as well as lower overall operating costs, according to the company.
The M2 Cusing series is suitable for a range of industries, including aerospace, automotive, medical and dental. It is also useful for applications in which industrialization is a key outcome, especially for medium-sized parts, the company says.
Upgraded features include a gas flow system, a cooling unit for optical components, a more tightly controlled build environment, a higher build chamber, and software and sensors for data analytics. The gas flow system is backed by redundant oxygen monitoring and a closed inert gas circuit to improve part quality. The cooling unit has a temperature-controlled environment monitored by multiple sensors. The build chamber has a Z-axis travel of 350 mm, redesigned heating and closed-loop control, all to facilitate more accurate Z positioning.
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