Additive Manufacturing at METAV
By Benjamin Moses, AMT Technical Director
METAV is a local machine tool trade-show held in Dusseldorf, Germany. The German Machine Tool Builders’ Association is the sponsoring organization (VDW). AMT participated in this exhibit show in support of the International Additive Manufacturing Award (IAMA).
In addition to the award, there were a few interesting technical advancements seen during the show. These include various hybrid machines, software in additive and flexible support fixtures.
The International Additive Manufacturing Award (IAMA) recognizes the world’s best innovations in the growing expanse of additive processes in all areas of modern manufacturing (http://www.additive-award.com/).
Hybrid Technologies (http://www.hybridmanutech.com/) won this award in 2015, which was the inaugural year. “Hybrid technology is exciting because it offers a new way to adopt additive manufacturing – as an upgrade to a CNC machine tool. Adding tool-changeable deposition heads to an existing CNC machine enables 3D printing of metal, without the need to buy a separate machine,” said Dr. Jason Jones, Co-Founder and CEO of Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies.
Concept Laser (http://www.concept-laser.de/) is the winner of the 2016 award. The innovation involves the first in-situ real-time process monitoring system in powder-bed-based additive manufacturing. It measures properties like size and intensity of the melting bath’s thermal radiation in ultra-high resolution and displays the data in correlation to the position of the melting bath on the workpiece’s surface and thus to the component’s geometry. This will make it easy for the user to localize and evaluate process anomalies during production (VDW press release).
Along with the additive award, there were interesting observations in the additive section of the exhibit hall. DMG MORI unveiled a new hybrid machine, the Lasertec 65. DMG MORI integrates, for the first time, additive manufacturing into a high-tech, 5-axis milling machine. This innovative hybrid solution combines the flexibility of the laser metal deposition process with the precision of the cutting process and allows additive manufacturing in milling quality (DMG MORI). This machine is comparable to the Mazak INTEGREX i-400AM. Keyence displayed a new machine as well, the AGILISTA 3000. Key features include: 15 microns print resolution, water soluble support material, no structural work necessary and a modeling studio.
ANSYS SpaceClaim was the only software solution in the additive area. ANSYS SpaceClaim is a fast and intuitive 3D modeling software solution that enables any analyst or engineer to create, edit and repair geometry no matter where they are in the workflow.
Matrix Innovations (http://www.matrix-innovations.com/en/) displayed their flexible support/restraint fixtures. These devices are spring-powered pins that can be locked once the form is set. This can be convenient in a high-mix environment.
VDW has injected the latest in emerging additive technology into a great local show. For more information about future events, visit http://www.metav.com/.