Ditzingen, Germany – TRUMPF is showcasing its additive manufacturing technologies as well as introducing its ‘green laser’ fueling new applications at Formnext Connect virtual trade fair. The event will showcase new solutions for three key industry trends (speed, automation, and new materials) and new products, these solutions also include successful new applications for fast-growing sectors.
The company has developed a new nozzle technology powered with higher laser powers of up to 8 kilowatts that increases the coating speed to well over 600 sq cm a minute, even achieving speeds as high as 1,000 square centimeters a minute in certain applications, especially for rotationally symmetrical parts. At the fair, a new depowdering station with a degree of automation will be presented by the company for the powder bed-based additive manufacturing process of laser metal fusion (LMF). This system unpacks and depowders 3D-printed metal parts, combining two process steps in one machine. This new process does a considerably better job of removing excess powder from the finished part as well as protects the machine operator from hazardous particles by carrying out powder removal in the process chamber while it is still flooded with inert gas.
TRUMPF demonstrated for the first time how a disk laser in the green wavelength range can be used to print pure copper and precious metals (gold and platinum) at the same event held two years ago. Since its launch, its TruPrint 1000 Green Edition 'green printers' have gained a strong market position and had a huge success.
“The additive technologies market remains very attractive for TRUMPF,” said Klaus Parey, Managing Director, TRUMPF Additive Manufacturing. “Customers are particularly excited by our TruPrint 1000 machine with a green laser beam source, which is designed for industrial use. Short-wavelength green laser light is the best option for welding pure copper and precious metals.”
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