Prima Additive, the Additive Manufacturing division of Prima Industrie Group, headquartered in Turin, Italy, has announced that it will be showcasing its Print Sharp 150 machine at the BIEMH trade fair in Bilbao, Spain, on June 13–17.
The Print Sharp 150 Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) machine is an innovative open-configuration powder bed Additive Manufacturing system consisting of a cylindrical working area, a preheating system, real-time monitoring of process parameters and a laser spot. It is compact with a building volume of 150 mm diameter and 160 mm height for the manufacturing of small components. It is particularly suitable for the dental sector for processing titanium and chromium-cobalt alloys.
The machine has optimised gas flow for minimum nitrogen or argon consumption and material can be changed in less than two hours thanks to modular components. Print Sharp 150 is equipped with a 300 W single-mode IR fibre laser source, which is air-cooled, so no external unit cooler is required.
A single line width of 0.1 mm and a minimum layer thickness of 0.02 mm can be achieved with high precision. A compact optical scanning system offers high processing speeds and various scanning strategies.
Intuitive, intelligent control software allows the rapid orientation of parts and defining of machine functions by the operator. With an open process parameter management tool, users can also change key build parameters, select a scanning strategy, and export machine-readable files. Prima Additive’s 150 series is Industry 4.0 Ready and allows the integration of monitoring sensors and connection through different standards for IoT functions.
The machine is also available in the Print Green 150 version, equipped with a green laser for processing pure copper, copper alloys and highly reflective materials.
In addition to PBF technologies, the Prima Additive product range also includes Direct Energy Deposition (DED) machines, mainly used to repair or add parts to existing components and to additively manufacture large parts.
To anticipate the transition underway in the manufacturing sector and transform it into an important business opportunity, Prima Additive is working alongside its customers through the Prima Open Additive competence centres, a network of companies, universities and research centres that cooperate with to provide specialised support for the effective and profitable adoption of Additive Manufacturing technologies.
This latest edition of BIEMH, Spain’s biggest international machine-tool and advanced manufacturing fair is reputedly set to be a leading event in the manufacturing sector. The success of 2018 – in which visitor numbers were up 5% from 2016 – means that there are good expectations in a market that is developing rapidly. Once again, BIEMH will be offering some of the most advanced solutions in the sector, and encouraging hands-on participation by exhibitors and visitors through the creation of a forum.