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Concept laser shows the "AM Factory of Tomorrow"

Source:Ringier Metalworking

Date Published:9/24/2015 09:09:01 AM

Digital networking and automation of additive production in focus

Great events cast a long shadow. For the formnext powered by TCT from 11/17 - 11/20/2015 in Frankfurt, Concept Laser is announcing a special trade fair presentation (Hall 3.1 Booth E40). For one thing, the entire process chain of additive production is to be displayed with all its various facets. For another, the focus is directed towards a comprehensive machine concept under the motto of "AM Factory of Tomorrow". This is about intelligent networking of machines, a higher level of automation and incorporating system technology into the production environment. Ultimately, the goal is to open up industrial series production solutions faster and more cost-effectively.

The powder bed-based laser melting of metals has established itself as the process of choice in innovative sectors. The digital process chain offers many advantages for developers and designers when it comes to manufacturing 3D components quickly and cost-effectively; with their increased performance profiles, they are superior to conventionally machined or cast parts. Frank Herzog, CEO  & President and founder of Concept Laser: "It is high time that the industrial dimension of additive manufacturing was revealed. Great steps forward have been taken with build rates, process configuration and quality assurance. Now, users are focusing on digital networking and automation. And we're planning to address these points specifically at the formnext powered by TCT."

AM Factory of Tomorrow

This motto not only refers to the decentralized approach with regional printing centers as service providers round the globe, but also specific measures for increasing productivity in series production. In this case, it is all about exploiting the digital potential for industrial process and system design in accordance with the "Industry 4.0" approach. Concept Laser is formulating three significant aspects for this purpose: Digital networking of systems, integration into the production environment and automation of processes – that is what tomorrow's series production should look like. In this regard, a completely new machine concept is being shown, one that picks up and runs with these aspects. Amongst other things, it includes flexible machine loading as well as spatial separation of the setup and dismantling procedures. The object is to coordinate the process components specifically and increase the flexibility of the process design. Frank Herzog: "Build rates have increased enormously with multilaser technology. The build envelope sizes have increased remarkably. Now, we intend to use an integrated system concept to show what possibilities exist for "Industry 4.0" approaches to change additive manufacturing as the production strategy for the future. There is a whole host of potential for boosting flexibility and the created value."

Presentation of the entire process chain

In addition to the new system concept, Concept Laser will also be showing the entire process chain of 3D metal printing. To this end, visitors will find information islands dealing with the main production steps in additive manufacturing such as design (keywords: bionics, lightweight construction, topology optimization, function integration), production and quality assurance, together with partners. Also, the three-dimensional QMmeltpool 3D will be on show; this monitors and documents the component in real time. Furthermore, an M2 cusing multilaser and Mlab cusing with new peripherals will reflect the current system technology of Concept Laser.



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