DMG Mori Machine tool giant to introduce additive manufacturing technology: report

Editor: Eric Culp

The first prototype is expected to be presented at Euromold in December.

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DMG Mori flexed its muscles with a massive booth at EMO 2013, and now it is entering the growing field of additive manufacturing technology suppliers.
DMG Mori flexed its muscles with a massive booth at EMO 2013, and now it is entering the growing field of additive manufacturing technology suppliers.
(Source: Culp)

DMG Mori is developing a hybrid machine tool that combines laser metal deposition for additive manufacturing with 5-axis CNC milling, according to a report by Modern Machine Shop, which is published by ETMM’s North American media partner Gardner Business Media.

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A report on the magazine’s website said the US division of the machine tool builder has been working with Sauer Lasertec, another DMG Mori company, one known for machines that perform material removal through laser ablation.

The report said: “The 2-kW diode laser head locates in the machine’s spindle with an HSK interface. For the shift to machining mode, this head swivels to a protected parking area. By using laser deposition to build up the part, while employing milling throughout the process to machine-critical features as the part is taking shape, the machine can produce a component through additive manufacturing while also producing it to its completed tolerances within the same cycle.”

The build rate was quoted at up to 3.5 kg per hour, said to be to 20 times faster than laser sintering. Applications include tool and die repair, the report added.

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