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Generative manufacturing with the AM Cube

Posted on 12 Jul 2021 and read 530 times
Generative manufacturing with the AM CubeThe Chiron AM Cube 3-D metal printer which was originally launched last year with patented technology enabling laser deposition welding with wire and powder feedstock material from one system, is now available with a new feature in the UK from Engineering Technology Group (ETG).

The new comprehensive documentation of the process data via DataLine AM and the ability to capture the welding process in real time using the digital VisioLine AM system will boost the technology further.

Laser deposition welding with AM Cube is suited to a whole variety of different processes and industries, used in the mechanical engineering, tool manufacturing, energy production and even in the aerospace industry. From coating and repairing components to printing near-net-shape parts, there are many applications where additive manufacturing (AM) excels.

A real advantage of the machine is the unique feature which stand it apart from the competiton — the deposition head can be changed fully automatically during the 3-D printing process, with up to three deposition heads in total.

Laser deposition welding technology

The system is a combined solution for generative manufacturing and is designed using a Cartesian coordinate system, just like a conventional machining centre. The laser deposition welding technology is especially well-suited to small quantities and large components with long procurement times and high material prices.

This is credit to the AM Cube’s effortless switching from four- to five-axis machining, achieving high order volumes while maintaining an excellent surface quality. The AM Cube can also operate unmanned, provided that all the relevant safety precautions are taken.

The new DataLine AM documents a variety of process data during deposition welding and displays them into an easy-to-understand visualisation of the data, live on the monitor. The new digital system VisioLine AM allows systematic process monitoring via a camera system.