ADDERE DEMONSTRATES VERY HIGH MASS METAL PARTS ARE WITHIN REACH WITH ITS HEAVY DEPOSITION AM PROCESS.
While metal additive manufacturing has come a long way, building things with the mass necessary to accommodate great loads and forces has been prohibitively time consuming, expensive or just not possible, leaving a number of industries without the ability to explore the potential of 3D printing.
While metal additive manufacturing has come a long way, building things with the mass necessary to accommodate great loads and forces has been prohibitively time consuming, expensive or just not possible, leaving a number of industries without the ability to explore the potential of 3D printing. With the ADDere technology, even industries with large-scale, large-mass components like off-highway, energy, aerospace, marine and defense can take advantage of additive manufacturing's benefits.
As an example of what's now possible with Laser Wire Additive Manufacturing (LWAM), ADDere has printed these blocks out of Titanium and 17-4 stainless steel. The blocks of Titanium are 15cm by 15cm by 30cm and weigh 32kg. The 17-4 blocks - also known as SAE type 630 or UNS 17400 - are of the same dimension but weigh in at 55kg. Each are completely solid with better metallurgy than with existing casting processes.
The 3D printing process for each of these blocks took just over six hours. The amount of mass deposited combined with ADDere's proven abilities at very large scale printing exemplifies the current state of Laser Wire Additive Manufacturing today - more importantly, they show what can now be accomplished with 3D metal printing technology.
"We've already proven we can build things at large scales, these blocks show we can 3D print parts with substantial mass in a relatively competitive timeframe with casting," Says Pete Gratschmayr, VP of Sales & Marketing, "Now real conversations can be had about printing large, high mass components like transmission cases, truck frames and turbine engine mounts without adding ‘in the future' to the sentence. We can do it today."
At over three times the size of most powdered metal based systems on the market, the standard ADDere additive systems feature a build area of 2M x 1M x 1M and 2,000kg (79" by 39" by 39" and 2 tons) capacity. The ADDere laser wire additive manufacturing system specializes in producing 3D printed large scale, near net-shape parts in a variety of metals including Titanium, Stainless Steel, Inconel and other super alloys, as well as most Ferrous-based metals. ADDere not only builds additive systems but provides part printing services to a variety of industries.
ADDere is a division of Midwest Engineered Systems Inc. (MWES), an innovator and leader in complex production systems integration. MWES has been providing custom robotic automation solutions for over 28 years. Its extensive industry experience, broad range of product knowledge, and customer-focused approach make Midwest Engineered Systems a leading production line supplier with a solid reputation for quality, service, and value. The firm's customers include some of the largest manufacturing companies not only in the Midwest, but across the globe who rely on MWES to provide and support large production systems.