Scalable Machine Concept for Laser Powder Bed Fusion

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In the scope of the Fraunhofer lighthouse project futureAM, Scientists from Fraunhofer ILT have developed a scalable machine concept for Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF) of large metal components. A new mobile processing laser head is used in this system, which also offers a very large, effectively usable build volume (1000 mm x 800 mm x 500 mm). Thus, productivity can be increased by a factor of 10 compared to conventional LPBF systems. The video shows excerpts from an LPBF process in the new system.

Within futureAM, the five Fraunhofer Institutes ILT, IFAM, IGD, IWS and IWU, as well as the Fraunhofer Research Institution IAPT, are systematically further developing metal additive manufacturing.