Trumpf set to combine tech for new metal 3D printing systems

Last week we brought you news of Trumpf’s intentions to unveil a new 3D printing technology for the additive manufacturing of metal parts at formnext powered by tct from November 17 to 20, but this morning further details have been announced that showcase the might with which the German-laser manufacturer are entering the business.

The company, which employees in excess of 10,000 people with sales over €2bn, will showcase machines that user powdered metal laser metal fusion (LMF) technology that is popular with manufacturers such as Concept Laser, EOS, 3D Systems and SLM Solutions as well as a machine that uses laser metal deposition (LMD) technology used by the likes of DM3D and Norsk Titanium.

Both of these crucial metalworking technologies are included in the new TRUMPF product range. To achieve this, the company has established a new division at the headquarters site in Ditzingen and has been working even more intensively on new systems for 3D printing. The results and developments derived from the joint venture founded together with Italy’s largest laser system maker, the Sisma company, have supported the efforts carried out by TRUMPF in Ditzingen. The technology behind the new 3D printers is also known as additive manufacturing. In this process component parts are generated, layer by layer, from metal powders. The system uses data taken directly from the CAD program.

“The introduction of these new 3D printers is an essential first step, since additive manufacturing will not only supplement production techniques in the future, but will also exert a formative influence on them,” explains Dr.-Ing. E.h. Peter Leibinger, Head of TRUMPF Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbH. “We will be offering rugged and highly productive machinery with which small and medium-sized parts incorporating complex structures can be manufactured,” Leibinger adds.

Every technology skill in a single location

Market demand is growing for 3D printers generating metal components suitable for use in the industrial environment. TRUMPF is the world’s only manufacturer to have both of the pertinent technologies – LMF and LMD – in its product range. The choice of the process best suited will depend on the details of the specific application. LMF systems generate parts layer by layer in a bed of powder. These printers bring their strengths to bear when making up parts which are geometrically complicated and extremely elaborate. In LMD systems, the laser creates a melted pool on the surface of a part and fuses the powder, added simultaneously in a powder stream, to achieve the desired shape. LMD systems are distinguished by the fact that they can add closely defined structures to existing tools and components, doing so at high processing speed.

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