It is an industrial grade system for 3D Additive Manufacturing of small and medium sized metal structures. It is characterized by compact size , high build precision, user friendliness, and robustness. Our system uses Co-Axial Blown Powder Technique ( LMD ) to produce fully dense metal structures, and provides the standard for building complex parts.
The system consists of SPI fiber laser, Willowborg Industrial Machine Platform, FESZL Core Moulding Unit and CNC System. This system is suitable for building high value metal parts in small quantities. It can be widely used for aerospace, medical implants, mould manufacturing, research and many other applications
|Dimensions||2000 x 1500 x 1800 mm|
|Build Envelope||1000 x 600 x 350 mm|
|Laser power||1000 W|
|Control system||SINUMERIK 828D|
|Slicing Software||Met-Build 2017|
|CAD Software||ProE, SolidWorks, UG. CATIA. AUTOCAD|
|Core Process Assembly||FESZL Cladding Assembly|
Additive Manufacturing System
- Large capacity work area with accessibility for large parts, ergonomic system with enhanced user-friendliness.
- The proprietary FESZL Laser Cladding Head increases build dimensional stability and repeatability and improves throughput and final part quality.
- Software efficiently creates process parameters and enables simple "push-button" operation.
- The machine is designed to be portable. It can be fitted to work in almost manufacturing environment.
- A variety of Cladding Heads are available to meet any specific application requirements.
- The machine works with metal powder of grain size of 50-150 microns which can be recycled several times,offering significantly lower expenses on consumables&overall operational cost.
- Anaerobic enclosures are available for down to < 10 ppm Oxygen, for processing of reactive alloys such as Titanium with Argon (99.999%)
System Characteristics & Advantages
It can produce parts in any weldable metal, from a range of elemental, pre-alloyed or mixed powders with either spherical of irregular shaped grains with grain sizes of 50-150 microns.
For Titanium and other reactive metals, the machine can be upgraded to an anaerobic chamber (Oxygen content of <50 PPM as standard, and down to <10PPM upon request) with an Argon atmosphere.
|Nickel Based||Inconel 625|
|Co - Cr||Stellite 21|
Comparison between Blown Powder & Powder Bed Systems
|Blown Powder||Vs||Powder Bed|
|MLS System||Model||A Typical Powder Bed Machine|
|1000x 600x350||Build Envelope (L*W*H)||250 x 250 x 325|
|SPI 1000W||Laser Model||Ytterbium Fiber Laser, 400 Watts|
|FESZL||Optical Scanning System||F-theta lens, high speed scanning lens|
|Up to 1m/s||Scanning Speed||Speed up to 7.0m/s, accuracy up to 6 microns|
|1.5-0.2mm||Layer Thickness||0.1-0.02 mm|
|60-0 g/min||Build Rate||20-5 cc/hr|
|2000 x1500 x 1800 mm||Machine Dimensions (L*W*H)||2500x 1300 x 2190mm|
|3.2m x 2.5m x 2.5m||Recommended Installation Space (L*W*H)||4.8m x 3.6m x 2.9m|
|~ 700 Kg||Weight||~ 1,250 Kg|
|ProE/ Solid Works/Catia||CAD Software||Proprietary software|
|MetBuild||Slicing Software||Proprietary software|
|STL file||Data Format||STL file|
Control & Software
Any modeling software that can generates SAT or IGES file format can be used, such as: ProE, CATIA, SolidWorks, UG, Inventor, etc. CAD software can be supplied on request to client requirements
SIEMENS SINUMERIK 828D is a panel-based CNC system. CNC, PLC, Operator Panel and 6-axis drive control (standard) are integrated in one unit.
This configuration eliminates the hardware interface between the CNC circuit board and the operator panel, thus improving the system's durability and provide ease of operation. Extra customised functions can be added by the customer. Siemens provides good customer service around the world. Most of Metlas working functions can be directly accessed and modified here on the panel.
The MetBuild software is a proprietary programming software that converts 3D CAD drawings into CNC codes that can directly drive Metlas or other AM systems to build parts. MetBuild consists of three main modules:
WorkTable:An User-friendly environment where a CAD file can be imported, inspected and manipulated before slicing.
3D Slicer:Slicing 3D geometry into a finite number of 2D layers, each filled with vector paths.
EASY LMD:A postprocessor that generates and edits G-Codes from the Vector paths. The G/M Codes can be saved as text files and then transferred to the controller unit of an AM/Cladding machine.
The MetBuild software can be purchased along with Metlas Systems, or individually, to be used on clients' existing Blown Powder AM/Cladding machines.