One of the current challenges for companies in additive manufacturing is to print a real part directly out of CAD data, in best quality that is also reproducible. In order to achieve a better starting position, Toolcraft, a manufacturing services provider, uses a simulation software for 3D printing of metals.
A new additive technology by Starfort from Brixen in South Tyrol processes commercially available granulates of high-performance plastics like PEEK, PPS, PSU, as well as PA and PC. In addition, the 3D printer also brings granulates with glass or carbon fibers into shape with FDM technology. By processing the granulates directly, the circuitous route via filaments with high energy and cost efforts falls away.
In-situ process monitoring is one of the strategic technology areas of Concept Laser, and is one which the machine manufacturer is now expanding to include the QMmeltpool 3D for three-dimensional real-time monitoring.
Additive Manufacturing has begun to outgrow its old applications in prototyping as it is more and more implemented for production of serial parts. Yet for a broad industrial use, it lacks binding standards and automation in the printing process.
The Freeformer is designed for industrial additive manufacturing and can achieve far more than a simple
3D printer. Compared to other additive manufacturing processes, a significant advantage here is that it is possible to process qualified, conventional plastic granulates, which are more cost-effective.
Modern 3D printing technologies and other additive manufacturing technologies simplify product development, and they facilitate completely new products. With a special variant of laser direct structuring (LDS), laser specialist LPKF Laser & Electronics AG extends their range of functions.
The variety of additive manufacturing processes is impressive in terms of the type of technology implemented, performance and applications. The Association provides opportunities for all members to exchange insights into know-how and multiple requirements. Detailed descriptions and examples of each technology can be found on the right side.