Trumpf, Sisma German, Italian laser companies ally to develop metal additive manufacturing
The technology is being used increasingly in die and mould.
Germany’s Trumpf said it will develop generative metal technology with Sisma, reportedly Italy's biggest laser manufacturer.
With a 55% stake, Trumpf said it is the senior partner in the Piovene Rocchette, Italy-based venture Trumpf Sisma. The companies plan to co-develop latest-generation production systems for the 3D printing of metal components.
The partners, said to have high levels of expertise in laser and mechanical engineering, want to provide robust and productive machines for mass production, according to Trumpf. Peter Leibinger, head of the company’s laser technology, said: “Many machines on the market today are aimed more at prototype construction. In the future, however, the most important criterion where additive manufacturing lines are concerned will be their suitability for industrial applications.”
The technology known as 'additive manufacturing' enables any component to be built up directly from a 3D design program. The parts are created layer by layer from metallic powder, using the power of the laser. The technology has the potential of partially replacing methods such as milling or casting. The components are just as durable and long-lasting as their conventionally produced counterparts.
Trumpf noted that it entered the additive manufacturing sector in 2000 with a processing unit that was “years ahead of its time” and added that Sisma has been working in additive manufacturing technology for a number of years.