LASERTEC SLM: Offensive from the powder bed
With the LASERTEC 3D and LASERTEC SLM series DMG MORI now positions itself as a full-liner in the additive manufacture of metallic components in addition to machining.
With the powder bed technique very small, highly complex filigree parts can be manufactured by means of selective laser melting Like the LASERTEC 3D machines, the LASERTEC 30 SLM enables the flexible use of different materials, while an intelligent powder module concept allows the change of material in under two hours.
DMG MORI relies on its own machining centres for the finishing of workpieces from the powder bed. “The key issue here is an expedient linking of the different technologies. With the LASERTEC 30 SLM we have brought powder bed technology out of the laboratory environment and into the sphere of industrial production. This machine is an ‘enabler’ of technology”, says Florian Feucht, Head of Sales and Application at REALIZER GmbH. This applies to both the hardware and the software. “Integral processes are the overarching goal.”
CELOS in additive manufacturing
Against the backdrop of integral processes Industry 4.0 is of course an ever-present topic. DMG MORI is actively advancing the topic with its “Path of Digitization” and its intelligent software solutions. These also include the intuitive user interface CELOS. This is already used for the LASERTEC 3D hybrid machines and the industrial solution RDesigner, created by REALIZER especially for the powder bed, and will also be integrated into a CELOS interface in future. “The capture and management of data and the utilisation of user-friendly apps offer a great opportunity for supporting work preparation and the production processes in their entirety”, claims Patrick Diederich. This means digitisation has a great impact on optimum utilisation of capacities and on the flexibility of a production. It enables a transition to individual mass production in industrial serial production. Spare parts, for example, no longer need to be held in stock. They can be printed virtually “on demand”. “Digitisation and additive manufacturing go hand in hand and will tap great potential”, says Patrick Diederich optimistically.
With industrial maturity and global presence to a leader of technology
DMG MORI also looks optimistically into the future with additive manufacturing. On the one hand the machine tool manufacturer underpins its expertise in this field in DMG MORI Additive Manufacturing Excellence Centers spread around the world in Bielefeld, Pfronten, Tokyo, Shanghai and Chicago. The responsible experts there are involved in customer projects very early on in the development phase, so they can gain knowledge that they then incorporate in the construction of the machines and components. On the other hand DMG MORI confirms its great ambitions for the focus topic with further technology developments. In addition to the first showcasing of the LASERTEC 65 3D at this year’s EMO, the larger LASERTEC 125 3D hybrid is also planned for 2018. Patrick Diederich sees a trend in powder bed processes towards higher productivity: “We will achieve this by means of both a larger build volume and intelligent powder management as well as with further linking and automation of the processes, which will result in a reduction of idle times.”
DMG MORI views additive manufacturing as an expedient complement to traditional production methods. “With the LASERTEC 30 SLM in Bielefeld and the LASERTEC 65 3D hybrid in Pfronten the DMG MORI Academy also has several machines at its disposal with which it offers customers highly qualified training in the topic of ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING”, says Patrick Diederich. Another aspect is the design of components: “Design engineers, too, will increasingly recognise the potential of additive manufacturing and will integrate the technology in their work. After all they will be able to realise workpieces in this way that they would not be able to produce with conventional manufacturing processes.” DMG MORI will soon also be offering training courses in this field at its DMG MORI Academy.