Nidec releases large-scale LAMDA5000 powder-based DED Additive Manufacturing machine

May 23, 2024

May 23, 2024

Nidec has released the LAMDA5000, its largest powder-based DED Additive Manufacturing machine to date (Courtesy Nidec Machine Tool Corporation)
Nidec has released the LAMDA5000, its largest powder-based DED Additive Manufacturing machine to date (Courtesy Nidec Machine Tool Corporation)

Nidec Machine Tool Corporation, headquartered in Ritto, Japan, has launched the LAMDA5000, the company’s largest metal powder-based Directed Energy Deposition (DED) Additive Manufacturing machine to date. The machine has a build envelope measuring 5 x 2.5 x 1.6 m and is aimed at industries requiring large components, such as shipbuilding, aerospace, oil and gas, and automotive tooling.

“The LAMDA5000 shatters the physical limitations of DED Additive Manufacturing,” stated Hiroyuki Tauchi, Nidec’s LAMDA lead engineer. “This groundbreaking system opens doors for entirely new applications, allowing us to produce massive, complex metal structures on demand.”

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Nidec’s DED technology includes real-time melt pool monitoring and high-speed feedback, enabling consistent material properties and high quality throughout the entire build. The use of AI and machine learning for anomaly detection is intended to further protect against defects.

The LAMDA5000’s nozzle design with local shielding reportedly eliminates the need for a costly environmental chamber, simplifying operation and reducing overall production costs. The use of a second optional powder feeder allows both gradient and multiple material builds.

“The LAMDA5000 signifies a significant leap forward in DED Additive Manufacturing,” concluded Tauchi. “We are confident that this machine will empower manufacturers to push the boundaries of design and production, paving the way for a new era of large-scale metal fabrication.”#

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