Kurtz Ersa, headquartered in Kreuz-Wertheim, Germany, now offers a multi-axis, multi-laser Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) Additive Manufacturing machine it calls the Flying Ray. The standard machine features eight lasers on eight arms with a 45° swivel range, enabling Additive Manufacturing to take place in overlapping work areas.
The Flying Ray reportedly has a build rate of up to 500 cm³/h, position accuracy of +/- 25 μm, and a path speed up to 1 m/s. With a modular design, customers can specify the number/strength of lasers (50-400 W); the number & length of and distance between axes; and the desired overlap areas of the swivel arms.
The company states that the Flying Ray is suitable for building components, tool & mould making and small-batch Additive Manufacturing. It has applications in research & education, aerospace, medical technology, and automotive. Currently, the machine is capable of processing stainless steel, tool steel and aluminium.