Laser melting
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Laser melting
Metal laser melting

A recent innovation is the addition to our services of laser-melted precision components. Components are constructed layer by layer. The component material is in powder form and is melted together via a laser beam. More...

M2 Dual Laser 2* 400 W
Manufacturer: LASER Concept
 
Technical specifications
X / Y / Z 250 / 250 / 280 mm
2 dual lasers process one and/or two components.
Thickness per layer 20 – 80 µm

Laser melting is generally more cost effective than conventional procedures for one-off, customised or small series components. It is a more cost effective method for low quantity production, complex designs, and production with low material usage.

Laser melting enables the production of complex components that conventional procedures are either incapable of producing or only with extensive (manual) effort. The procedure is therefore ideal for complex lattice or netting designs, porous structures or for irregular channels within a component.

The Concept Laser machine uses CAD design data to quickly produce functional metal parts. The mechanical resilience of such parts is equal to that of parts produced by conventional methods.

Benefits of metal laser melting
  • Capable of making components that until now have been technically non-manufacturable (e.g. components with internal cooling ducts, cavities, lattice structures etc.)
  • A finished component can be made from a 3D model
  • Quick component production
  • Capable of significant weight savings and high rigidity (skeletal design)
  • No rig and tool costs involved for prototypes
  • High-quality products, low warping due to uniform component cooling
Sectors
  • Tool making
  • Medical technology
  • Research and development
  • Automotive industry
  • Aerospace industry
  • Specialised engineering
  • Motor sport

Materials available in powder for laser melting:
CL 20ESstainless steel; 1.4404
CL 31ALaluminium; ALSi10Mg
CL 41 TI ELItitanium alloy (Ti6Al4V)
CL42 TIpure titanium (grade 2)
CL 50 WSmaraging steel 1.2709
CL 91 RWrust-free maraging steel
CL92RWrust-free precipitated hardened steel (17-4 PH)
CL100 NBnickel-based alloy (Inconel 718)
CL 101 NBnickel-based alloy (Inconel 625)
CL 110CoCrcobalt-chromium alloy (F75)

As yet, no standard term exists for the process. The following terms are currently being used by different manufacturers:
  • Laser melting
  • Additive production
  • Selective production
  • Generative production
  • Laser melting
  • Laser cusing
  • Laser sintern
  • 3D metal printing


Press report
Report in the magazine Wirtschaftsmagazin Pfalz
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