Nidec Machine Tool America, located in Wixom, Michigan, USA, has installed a demonstrator of the company’s Lamda500 mid-size metal powder Directed Energy Deposition (DED) Additive Manufacturing machine at its Michigan facility. The Lamda500, with a maximum build size of 500 x 500 x 500 mm and standard five-axis functionality, is currently the mid-size model in the company’s AM machine lineup.
“The LAMDA500 is immediately available for test printing of customer components, material testing, and multi-material development,” stated Dwight Smith, Nidec Machine Tool America’s VP.
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The Lamda500 is designed for the production of metal components used in various industries such as aerospace, space, automotive products, and construction equipment. It can process titanium, aluminium and copper, and features a local inert gas shield that is said to enable the processing of reactive materials without the need for an inert gas chamber.
The machine includes a two-axis table as standard, allowing for fully five-axis Additive Manufacturing. It also features a fully integrated closed-loop monitoring system that controls laser power to enable consistent build quality and thermal performance, while also providing documentation of the build. The machine uses an AI technology-based function to monitor the build conditions, detecting any abnormalities during the manufacturing process and preventing errors before they occur.
With the inclusion of an optional second metal powder hopper, the Lamda range also has the capability to switch materials during the build process. This allows for the production of functional gradient materials by altering the material blend throughout the build process.
In addition to the Lamda500, Nidec includes the Lamda200 and Lamda2000 in its range of AM machines.