Frankfurt a. M., Germany / November 14, 2017 - November 17, 2017
At this year's fair, Fraunhofer ILT will provide an initial view into its developments of Selective Laser Melting (SLM), also known as Laser Beam Melting LBM) or Laser-Powder Bed Fusion (L-PBF) - with green laser radiation.
By using a new laser beam source, Fraunhofer ILT has answered the industry’s increasing demand for copper materials, which are either difficult to process with conventional SLM systems or, in the case of pure copper, not possible on an industrial scale. In addition to using a model setup to present the process, the institute will also show innovative products from copper materials new to the branch.
At the joint Fraunhofer booth, Fraunhofer ILT will present innovative solutions on the following topics:
Working in close cooperation, Fraunhofer ILT and FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences will show the latest version of their low-cost SLM system.
The system is designed to help small and medium-sized companies enter into the additive manufacturing market.
Since it does not contain costly components, the plant can be produced at a fraction of the usual cost. In addition lowering the necessary investment costs, the system is designed to be operated simply, enabling SMEs to overcome additional obstacles in using the technology.
Compared to the prototype from 2016, the latest system has been redesigned and its control system completely reworked, both of which enhance the system’s reliability in commercial and industrial environments.
In the field of Laser Metal Deposition, Fraunhofer ILT will show how additive manufacturing can be used to make new material concepts possible.
Functional properties, particularly those of components under high thermal stress, can be improved in many ways thanks to the alternative processing or production of oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) and high entropy alloys (HEA), as well to the extension of the material repertoire to high-melting intermetallic alloys.
“TwoCure” – Innovation in Resin-Based 3D Printing
Our experts and Rapid Shape GmbH are working together to further develop resin-based 3D printing. The new “TwoCure” process requires no support structures and is significantly more efficient and productive than conventional 3D printing techniques for plastic components.een redesigned and its control system completely reworked, both of which enhance the system’s reliability in commercial and industrial environments.
Additive manufacturing is becoming increasingly important in industrial production. Decisive factors are the scalability of the build volume and the productivity of additive manufacturing systems. Against this background, scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT are further developing the selective laser melting (SLM) technology. To this end, a new SLM laboratory system was built in Aachen. With an effective utilizable build volume of 1,000 mm x 800 mm x 500 mm, the system is able to manufacture large metal components quickly and with high process reliability.