Rosatom has developed its own laser systems product line for AM machines
April 2, 2021
Specialists at the All-Russian Research Institute of Technical Physics (VNIITF) have developed and manufactured prototypes of lasers with a power of 200, 400, 700 and 1000 W to be used in Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) Additive Manufacturing machines.
The development was carried out within the framework of R&D Lasers, which is supervised by Rusatom – Additive Technologies (RusAT LLC), Moscow, Russia, an enterprise of TVEL Fuel Company and Rosatom’s integrator for Additive Manufacturing.
The model range of laser sources will reportedly undergo a set of tests at the Russian Federal Nuclear Center – All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Experimental Physics (RFNC-VNIIEF), after which they will be sent to RusAT’s Additive Technologies Center at the site of the Moscow Polymetal Plant for further testing on RusMelt 300M and RusMelt 600M AM machines.
By the end of 2021, a full cycle of tests of laser sources is planned in accordance with the requirements of state standards and prepare the line for serial production.
“Laser system is one of the key components of an SLM printer along with machinery components and software,” commented Mikhail Turundaev, CEO of RusAT. “The created line of lasers is an opportunity to fully provide the Additive Manufacturing of Rosatom with its own developments, which is necessary for the business stability and independence from external suppliers. Moreover, in the future, RusAT will be able to accept orders for laser products of this line.”