LASERFLEX Conflux steel 3D printer combines PBF with new course of

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ECN, a Netherlands primarily based analysis institute, will showcase a brand new steel 3D printing know-how at formnext 2017.

ECN says Direct Multi Metallic Printing is mixture of a powder mattress strategy and a brand new course of. Including this new course of to standard Powder Mattress Fusion (PBF) has a number of benefits ECN inform us.

These embody a “low inside stress build-up throughout densification, leading to low residual stress and improved decision” and “homogenous microstructure, leading to prime quality materials properties with out annealing.”

Direct Multi Metallic 3D Printing entails a number of levels, beginning with dispersion primarily based utility of steel powders. Metallic powder is utilized utilizing a multi allotting system and adopted by densification of the added layer. This course of ends in a extremely dense nicely packed print mattress, to which the laser can then course of. The levels are then repeated in an analogous method to PBF.

LASERFLEX Conflux metal 3D printing system. Image via ECN.
LASERFLEX Conflux steel 3D printing system. Picture by way of ECN.

No extra sintering or annealing steps required

ECN says their know-how is especially centered on offering alternatives to high-tech the automotive, aerospace and medical sector.

The Vitality analysis Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) is the biggest vitality analysis institute within the Netherlands and have labored with Admatec prior to now to commercialise analysis. In March, Admatec and ECN launched one other steel 3D printer, the ADMETALFLEX. The brand new steel 3D printer will likely be on show throughout formnext on the Admatec stand.

In line with ECN the LASERFLEX Conflux ”upgrades the Powder Mattress Fusion (PBF) course of to offer increased materials high quality and finer options and allows dealing with of a number of supplies and purposeful grading, whereas sustaining the benefits of a direct product era course of with out extra sintering or annealing steps.”

Pricing has not but been introduced on the LASERFLEX Conflux.

LASERFLEX Conflux metal 3D printer. Image via ECN.
LASERFLEX Conflux steel 3D printer. Picture by way of ECN.

Technical Specs

Printing know-how Dispersed Metallic Powder Mattress Fusion²

Construct quantity Platform 100 mm x 100 mm x 100 mm

Platform ø 100 mm x 100 mm

Layer thickness 10 – 100 µm

Focus diameter 50 µm typical

Laser sort Yb fiber laser 200 – 400W CW

Scanning pace As much as 9 m/s

Supplies Stainless Metal 316L Inconel 625 Different supplies beneath improvement

Ambiance Shielding fuel – Nitrogen

Recoating system Multi – Dispense system

Filtration H13 – Cat. BIA-C

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