Meltio’s 3D metal printers can print metal parts with powder or wire using a principle similar to that of welding machines. Packaged in a compact mounting head, the technology can be mounted on CNC equipment or robotic arms, opening the door to affordable hybrid manufacturing and large-scale metal printing.
The Directed Energy Deposition (DED) additive technology developed by Meltio is based on laser deposition welding. The technology is primarily built around wire, which is the safest, cleanest and cheapest metal material on the market. The Meltio metal printer solution is available as a stand-alone unit as well as a system that can be integrated into CNC machines and industrial robot arms. CNC integration is recommended for hybrid production, 3D printing and machining of complex geometries in a single pass, while robot integration is recommended for cost-effective production of large parts. Seamless integration is supported by an advanced control module.
The advantages of the DED metal printing process are the inexpensive raw material, the speed, as well as the lack of size limits when mounted on a robot arm, the possibility of multi-axis production or printing on existing parts. The robust print head is capable of simultaneously processing several types of wire or metal powder raw materials, as well as a unique combination. In addition, it should be emphasized that the DED additive technology results in completely compact components of impeccable structural quality.
Its technological advantages allow for a variety of effective industrial applications. Meltio’s solution is already used worldwide, starting from laboratory research of various alloys, through the printing of preforms, prototypes, and molds to the rapid replacement of parts. Recently also the US Navy Meltio installed a metal printer on the battleship USS Bataan. Hybrid metal printing technology onboard the ship enables mariners to replace parts on site, thereby maximizing operational availability and reducing supply chain risk.
The Meltio M450 metal printer in Hungary for the first time at the Ipar Napjai, at the stand of the domestic distributor, FreeDee Kft will be available for viewing. At the exhibition, interested parties can view the equipment, workpieces made with the system live, and inquire about robot and CNC integration. FreeDee’s partner in the integration is Econ Engineering Kft., which has more than 20 years of industrial automation experience.
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