Focused laser energy creates a melt pool on the substrate. Metal powder is blown into the melt pool as the processing head moves across the part. This creates a metallurgical bond between the substrate and the added metal. A narrow heat affected zone is achieved with minimal heat input.
Wide variety of metals can be added e.g. Inconel, Stellite, Tungsten Carbide blends, Stainless Steel, Hard Chrome Replacement, Tool Steels.
Efficient and precise addition using the optimum laser spot and deposition rate for the job.
Single layer thickness 0.5mm-2mm. Multiple layers can be added.
Explore the possibilities of adding the RIGHT metal in the RIGHT place.
A part can be enhanced by adding metal with superior properties, e.g. improved wear or corrosion performance.
Make the bulk of your part from a more cost effective metal, and then add the performance where it is needed.
Create a mixed material part where the properties of different metals are required in different areas. This can reduce part count in assemblies and optimise engineering design.
Repair and Remanufacture
Reclaim the value in your worn or scrapped part by adding metal back on.
Manufacturing needs to become more environmentally sustainable. Extend the life of your tooling or components. Reduce down time and reduce consumption.
Build features on a part by adding metal layer by layer.
Adding a small amount of metal can save a lot.
Start the part with a smaller billet and add the features, rather than wastefully machining away large amounts of material.
Can add 125 cubic centimetres of metal per hour.
New design possibilities are created by bringing additive and subtractive manufacturing together.
Seamlessly switching between adding and removing metal in a single machine facilitates this greater design freedom.
Grow new thin walled parts from scratch and machine when and where required.