3D Printing Sales launch of modular machine architecture
The commercial product launch of a machine architecture from Concept Laser, the M Line Factory, took place during the course of Formnext powered by TCT 2016. Part production as well as set-up and dismantling processes take place in two independent machine units so that they can be operated physically separate from one another.
According to Concept Laser, this enables production processes to run in parallel rather than sequentially so that downtimes are considerably reduced and the availability and output quantity of the process chain is thus increased.
The M Line Factory PRD, as the production unit, has a max. build envelope of 400 x 400 x 425 mm³ (x,y,z) and is optionally equipped with one to four laser sources, each delivering 400 W or 1,000 W of laser power, the company says. The core of the unit is three independent modules, the dose module, the build module and the overflow module, which can be individually activated. The individual modules are moved via a tunnel system inside the machine.
The physically separate, autonomous M Line Factory PCG is available as the processing unit for set-up and disarming processes. The company claims, that this enables “optimum-use windows” right through to the ideal of 24/7 availability of the machine technology. The new processing unit now performs as a self-contained system with an integrated sieving station and powder management.