Brian Matthews, CTO of Meltio, discusses process innovations in multi-metal 3D Printing, robotics and automation, and how it adapts into numerous areas of manufacturing at Formnext 2021.
– Hi, I’m Adam Penna. I’m here at Formnext 2021. And I’m here with Brian Matthews. He’s the Chief Technology Officer over at Meltio. We’re at the Meltio booth at Formnext. And Brian, what brings you to Formnext this year?
– Well, thank you, Adam. This is our second time at Formnext. Last year was canceled as everyone knows. So yeah, we’re really happy to be back. And this time we’ve come back in a big way. You see around the booth, we have some really spectacular parts and really wide range of materials, from titanium nickel based alloys, just really wide range of materials. Some parts have two or more materials in the same part. We have some really large parts you see here that are done with our new technology, which is the Meltio Engine in a robotic cell, which gives you this sort of multi-axis capability to do complex parts, but really big.
– Now you at Meltio use directed-energy disposition and you do a laser powder bed also, right? A mix?
– Well, so we’re a DED company.
– So, the technology is we feed the material into the melt pool, but we do have a unique position in that we have a wire-based process, but also we can feed powder into the melt pool. So we have the ability to do multiple materials in the same part, which is a really unique characteristic of a DED process. The other unique thing about our process is that we use multiple lasers. So it’s a multi-laser process that keeps the technology scalable. We can add more lasers to achieve more power, and laser systems are kind of interesting, because when you split them up into multiples, you’re bringing the costs down.
– So it has a cost advantage and it has a performance advantage.
– Yeah, it does. So what’s new at Meltio? You guys doing anything new here at Formnext this year, everything new coming up?
– So we’re constantly growing. We’re rapidly evolving as a company. Things move very fast. We have two products right now, the M450, we have one machine on the corner of the booth that’s going to be running during the show, and we have the Meltio Engine. On this side of the booth we show the robotic configuration. On the other side we show the hybrid CNC. So yeah, our focus right now is to get those machines in the market. This year has been a really strong year for us. Despite coming out of the pandemic, sales been very strong. We have a global strategy as shown here on the booth, and yeah, our marketing manager can talk about that when you come back to interview him later.
– No, awesome, hey Brian, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us today. And hey,
– Thank you very much.
– have a wonderful time at Formnext, Looking forward to seeing what’s next with Meltio.
– All right. Thank you, Adam.
– Thank you.
– Appreciate it.