Additive Manufacturing

JAN 2018

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING is the magazine devoted to industrial applications of 3D printing and digital layering technology. We cover the promise and the challenges of this technology for making functional tooling and end-use production parts.

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JANUARY 2018 Additive Manufacturing TECH REVIEW 38 Modular AM Platform Enables High Productivity 3D Systems' DMP 8500 Factory Solution is a scalable, automated metal additive manufacturing system based on the company's Direct Metal Printing (DMP) technology. According to the company, it offers an efficient and fully integrated workflow from powder-in to part-out, for high-quality parts. Able to produce metal parts ranging to 500 × 500 × 500 mm, the system is designed for companies in the aerospace, industrial and automotive industries. The system is comprised of function-specific modules, including Removable Print Modules (RPMs) that seal modules for transport, Printer Modules designed to enable maximum printer uptime in a 24/7 production cycle, Powder Management Modules (PMMs) that efficiently de-powder parts on build platforms, and Transport Modules that enable efficient movement of the RPMs between printer and powder modules to reduce production time. Four-Laser Metal AM System Speeds Production Renishaw's RenAM 500Q four-laser additive manufactur- ing system is said to reduce cost per part while maintaining the quality and precision offered by standard single-laser systems. With this faster machine (see more on page 40), the company hopes to broaden the utilization of metal additive manufacturing into applications that are presently uneconomic, potentially into industries that have not yet embraced AM in production applications. The company is also introducing InfiniAM process- monitoring technology, which enables manufacturers to benefit from gathering and analyzing sensor data from AM systems to develop consistent processing. The system combines a chamber cam- era with synchronous sensing of laser power and galvo position, plus multi-spectral meltpool sensing. The system is also a production plan- ning tool, and it provides feedback on the system sensor data from the AM build. Polymer 3D Printing System Enables Continues Production able to reach a build-chamber temperature as high as 220°C, enabling the production of high-performance parts with mate- rials such as PA6, PA12 and TPU, the company says. Combined with the large build volume, the system features a continuous batch production capability and fully digital multi-laser and scanner systems. The company designed these features to pursue high-throughput continuous production with little downtime between builds. The company intends the manu- facturing center to be part of a modular system which will feature future modules to address automated powder handling, part breakout and postprocessing. The CAMS concept is fully com- patible with both plastics and metals, and the company will release further information on its large platform metal CAMS system. As the first entry of its Continuous Additive Manufacturing Solution (CAMS) concept, Farsoon announced the development of the FS1000P large platform, high- temperature-capable CAMS system. The polymer 3D printer will have a 1,000 × 500 × 500-mm build volume and will be

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