Scanlab launches laser control software for Additive Manufacturing

November 10, 2023

November 10, 2023

Scanlab has released its SCANmotionControl software for Additive Manufacturing (Courtesy Scanlab)
Scanlab has released its SCANmotionControl software for Additive Manufacturing (Courtesy Scanlab)

Scanlab GmbH, a supplier of laser scan systems headquartered in Puchheim, Germany, has introduced its new SCANmotionControl software at Formnext.

Scanlab has worked on the development of scan heads for Additive Manufacturing since the 1990s. Alongside the hardware components themselves, control systems have become increasingly important in recent years.

Efficient operation of industrial laser machines in the field of Additive Manufacturing requires control solutions that map the entire software landscape from CAD/CAM to machine software right through to laser job execution. Scanlab has worked with leading providers – including Autodesk, Dyndrite and Siemens (in combination with Aixpath) – to deliver solution modules to integrators. This simplifies system development and is said to significantly shorten the time to market for new laser processing machines.

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More flexible laser process control and higher component quality

SCANmotionControl, the recently launched control software, makes it possible to synchronise the scan system, laser and other peripheral equipment. The software calculates optimal trajectories for laser machining on the basis of predefined machining patterns and process parameters, taking into account the physical limits of the scan head. The energy input can be defined precisely, since speed and laser power are planned, simulated and adjusted synchronously.

Until now, the exact scan path had to be determined through experimentation. Thanks to the offline simulation of the trajectories, this can now be examined and optimised beforehand on the computer. This gives the process developer full control over the energy input at any position on the workpiece. This makes job planning far simpler and makes development times significantly shorter.

Furthermore, by testing the software in Additive Manufacturing, the experts at Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT), Aachen, Germany, have demonstrated that it is possible to drastically improve the dimensional accuracy of filigree components.

“With the use of SCANmotionControl, for example, we were able to avoid edge bulging on complex components – and not just in the lab. Using the software, the results can easily be applied to an industrial scale,” explains Dr Tobias Pichler, Process & Systems Engineering, Fraunhofer ILT.

The new software is said to allow users to achieve optimum machining results with minimum laser-off times. The scan systems fiberSYS, excelliSCAN and intelliSCAN IV are ready for SCANmotionControl. By working together with the different software providers, the integration of high-quality components into laser machining systems is reportedly ensured.

Scanlab is now presenting at Formnext 2023. They are currently available at 12, D12.

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