Lichtenfels, September 19, 2014: this year, Euromold will once again be an important showcase for 3D printing. Concept Laser has announced a whole bunch of product developments. Innovations in various LaserCUSING technology fields will be presented to industry professionals for the first time in Frankfurt (Hall 11.0, Booth D66).
Multi-laser technology and a new machine design
“The developed and optimized system technology highlights our expertise and pioneering work in all fields of laser melting system technology,” says Oliver Edelmann, Vice President Global Sales & Marketing at Concept Laser. The increase in productivity represents enormous progress according to the company. Multi-laser technology is to make its debut at the trade fair. Through the use of multiple lasers, this method promises much faster build rates.
Concept Laser also announced that improvements have been made in terms of the build strategy for its LaserCUSING® systems. “An optimized exposure strategy improves both the level of quality and the build rate,” explains Oliver Edelmann.Exciting innovations with regard to machine design will also be showcased at this year’s Euromold.
New materials and improved real-time monitoring of the build process
Developments in materials will also be a major theme at the trade fair. New materials for the aviation and the medical industry will be presented. Many new developments have been made in this dynamic market environment in the past 12 months and these have been adapted for system technology.
Concept Laser promises major improvements in real-time monitoring for the purposes of quality assurance. “Inline Process Monitoring” is one of Concept Laser’s strategic technological fields. Oliver Edelmann: “We will be taking a giant stride where process monitoring is concerned. This will improve quality massively.” Key industries and their demanding applications have made this innovative move possible. Here, we will have to wait and see what the company has up its sleeve.
The LaserCUSING® process is used to create mechanically and thermally stable metallic components with high precision. Depending on the application, it can be used with stainless and tool steels, aluminum and titanium alloys, nickel-based superalloys, cobalt-chromium alloys or precious metals such as gold or silver alloys.
With LaserCUSING®, finely pulverized metal is fused using a high-energy fiber laser. After cooling, the material solidifies. Component contour is achieved by directing the laser beam with a mirror deflection unit (scanner). Construction takes place layer by layer (with each layer measuring 15-100 microns) by lowering the bottom surface of the construction space, then applying and fusing more powder.
Concept Laser systems stand out due to their stochastic control of the slice segments (also referred to as “islands”), which are processed successively. The patented process significantly reduces tension during the manufacture of very large components.
About Concept Laser
Concept Laser GmbH is an independent company based in Lichtenfels, Germany. Since its founding in 2000, it has been a leading innovator in the field of laser melting with the patented LaserCUSING® technology across many industries.
The term LaserCUSING®, a combination of the C from CONCEPT Laser and the word FUSING (to fully melt), describes the technology: the fusing process generates components layer by layer using 3D CAD data. The method allows the production of complex component geometries without tools to create parts that are difficult or even impossible to achieve through conventional manufacturing.
With the LaserCUSING® process, conformal cooling can be used to create tool inserts as well as direct components for the jewelry, medical, dental, automotive and aerospace industries. This applies to prototypes and series parts.
The company offers both standard systems and custom concepts for metal laser melting. With Concept Laser, full-service as an option means that customers can either purchase their own metal laser melting systems or rely directly on service and development services.
Laser machining systems from Concept Laser process powder materials made from stainless steel, hot work tool steels, cobalt-chromium alloy, nickel-base alloy as well as reactive powder materials such as aluminum and titanium alloys. Precious metals such as gold or silver alloys for jewelry making are also an option.
LaserCUSING® offers new perspectives in terms of cost and speed for efficient product development in industries such as:
Medical and dental technology
Aeronautics and space industry
Tool and mold construction
Automotive and racing
The systems reduce development time and costs substantially while offering much greater flexibility in product development.
The high quality standards, level of experience and successful track record of Concept Laser guarantee reliable and cost-effective solutions with proven performance in daily production, with a particular focus on unit cost reductions.
Concept Laser GmbH
An der Zeil 8
Phone +49 9571 1679 – 0
Phone: +49 9571 1679 – 251