Meltio showcases its new M600 wire-based DED Additive Manufacturing machine at Rapid

June 26, 2024

June 26, 2024

Meltio will display its newest M600 machine and parts manufactured thereon (Courtesy Meltio)

Launched in March of this year, Meltio, Linares, Spain, has been showcasing its Meltio M600 wire-based Directed Energy Deposition (DED) Additive Manufacturing machine at Rapid + TCT 2024. It also displayed a range of metal AM parts (including aluminium, titanium, copper, steels, nickel, Invar, and Inconel) and industrial applications tailored for diverse industrial sectors.

While the Meltio M600 is intended to be interesting to a range of sectors, the company’s goal was to design a Additive Manufacturing machine that fits right into more easily into shops and works alongside CNC machines, creating value by reducing material waste, and lead times. To realise this, Meltio aimed to design a machine that works like a machine tool, designed for lights-out manufacturing and enabling operators to complete complex build jobs with minimal time investment.

“The Meltio M600, for us, was really the next logical step on our continuous journey towards mass adoption of wire-laser DED, the process all Meltio systems are based on,” stated Lukas Hoppe. “We began this work in earnest in 2019 when we started to leave the prototyping space with the launch of the Meltio M450. After learning from and improving the technology for three years, the time was finally ripe for us to work on the next system.

“Our goal with the Meltio M600 was to strike the right balance between machine size, cost, and productivity while being uncompromising on quality, reliability, and ease of use. To achieve this, we did not just create a ‘scaled-up’ M450, instead, we developed every single part of the machine from scratch to take the technology to the next level, based on the learnings of having manufactured and installed over 300 laser DED machines.”

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Cementos La Cruz

Cementos La Cruz is a Spanish cement company that has reportedly increased its productivity and efficiency with the adoption of Meltio’s technology to manufacture metal parts. In its case, the company has additively manufactured a new stainless steel nozzle that allows for manufacturing more sustainable cement parts.

This company focuses on the development of low-carbon footprint cementitious materials to achieve sustainable construction. Their commitment to innovation is focused on the use of a circular economy and the development of technologies such as additive manufacturing of concrete. At their 3DLAB, the companies develop Additive Manufacturing solutions for construction.

The AM process requires a high control of the material flow. The nozzle plays a decisive role in the quality of the layers and this requires a design that could only be produced by additive manufacturing. The company has stated that this is why it turned to the wire-laser metal Additive Manufacturing solutions developed by Meltio to use a nozzle to optimise the quality of the layers and their deposition.

Cementos La Cruz can now design parts that traditional manufacturing methods couldn’t with Additive Manufacturing. Thanks to the additively manufactured nozzle, the company has been able to achieve the controlled deposition of the material, producing a concrete part as it has been designed.

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