Alpha Laser launches its first Additive Manufacturing machine

November 4, 2019

November 4, 2019

Alpha Laser launches its first Additive Manufacturing machine
Alpha Laser’s first metal AM system, the AL3D-Metal, has a compact footprint of 60 x 60 cm (Courtesy Alpha Laser GmbH)

Alpha Laser GmbH, Munich, Germany, a manufacturer of mobile laser welding and cladding machines, has launched its first metal Additive Manufacturing system, the AL3D-Metal. The new Laser Powder Bed Fusion (L-PBF) system is said to offer a complete and safe solution for small-scale metal AM, and will be presented at Formnext 2019 in Frankfurt, Germany, November 19–22, 2019.

Incorporating a number of safety features for powder management, this innovation is said to enable the easier adoption of AM within small enterprises and laboratory settings. The company’s patented cartridge system reportedly ensures operator safety regarding powder management, with components being built directly inside the cartridge. 

After the build is complete, the parts are placed into a depowdering station, the AL3D-Cabin, inside the closed cartridge without any operator needing to come into contact with the powder.

Having a footprint of 60 x 60 cm, this machine is thought to be one of the smallest metal printers available on the market. The accompanying AL3D-OS software is also said to allow easy programming and handling of the entire process.

November 4, 2019

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