Additive Manufacturing Industrial 3D metal printing
Netherlands – Visiting Additive Industries' stand at Formnext 2015 was truly worthwhile as the company offered visitors a unique view into their industrial 3D metal printing system via a 3D movie. The dutch company has unveiled what they refer to as the world’s ‘first truly industrial’ 3D metal printing system.
The Metalfab 1 makes its mark in offering significantly greater performance over typical mid-range systems with a powerful design, as well as offering exponentially more reproducibility, productivity, and flexibility, the company says. One of the largest metal 3D printers available, it offers a single build envelope size of 420 mm x 420 mm x 400 mm.
The industrial-grade additive manufacturing machine and integrated Additive World software platform will deliver up to a tenfold reproducibility, productivity and flexibility, the company claims. The improved performance is said to be achieved by robust and thermally optimised equipment design, smart feedback control and calibration strategies, elimination of waiting time and automation of build plate and product handling. The modular design of the Metalfab 1 system allows for customer- and application-specific process configuration, the company explains. It adds that multiple build chambers with individual integrated powder handling make this industrial 3D printer the first to combine up to four materials simultaneously in one single machine. The system can be equipped with a maximum of four full field lasers, thereby eliminating the need for stitching when printing large objects, Additive Industries says. Metalfab1 is also claimed to be the only system to include a furnace for integrated stress relief heat treatment.