Fuchshofer Advanced Manufacturing (FAM), Eibiswald, Austria, has entered into a strategic partnership with Eplus3D, based in Hangzhou, China. As part of this, FAM will take delivery of the large-format EP-M650 Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) machine in spring 2024.
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“The printer allows us to create component sizes of 650 x 650 x 800 mm, opening up new market applications for us,” stated DI Dr mont Gerhard Panzl, Head of Additive Manufacturing at Fuchshofer. “With this multi-laser system equipped with four 700 W fibre lasers, we are taking the next significant step to establish ourselves as a leading international metal 3D printing service provider.”
Hannes Fuchshofer stated, “The fact that 3D metal printing represents a meaningful expansion of traditional component manufacturing became clear to us when we purchased our first 3D metal printer in 2016. Where machining technology reaches its limits, Additive Manufacturing showcases its strengths. Topology optimisation, near-net cooling channels, free design, or accelerated prototype development – all of this makes Additive Manufacturing a game-changer in the entire industry.”
Eplus3D’s quad-laser EP-M650’s large size enables it to offer increased productivity and efficiency compared to other equipment manufacturers. Achievable layer thicknesses of 12 0µm and more as well as effective build rates of 190 cm³/h result in a significant increase in production capacity.
With the substantial enhancement in Additive Manufacturing efficiency, Fuchshofer now expects to compete more effectively with traditional manufacturing methods.
“Through the partnership with Fuchshofer Advanced Manufacturing, we can now present our technological advancements in stable multi-laser control, outstanding system stability, and produced parts properties to a broad European customer base. The closed powder loop and maintenance-free filtering system enable the combination of the highest efficiency and user safety,” noted Enis Jost, Deputy General Manager of Eplus3D Tech GmbH.
Eplus3D is currently exhibiting the EP-M650 and other large-format metal PBF-LB Additive Manufacturing machines at Formnext 2023. The company is at Hall 12, D41.