Schaeffler showcases multi-material laser-based AM machine for metal and ceramic

June 28, 2023

June 28, 2023

Schaeffler Special Machinery’s multi-material Additive Manufacturing machine is expected to be available from 2024 (Courtesy Schaeffler)
Schaeffler Special Machinery’s multi-material AM machine is expected to be available from 2024 (Courtesy Schaeffler)

Schaeffler Special Machinery, is showcasing its concept for multi-material Additive Manufacturing at automatica 2023, taking place at the Trade Fair Center Messe München, Munich, Germany, June 27- 30. The high-precision multi-material AM machine is expected to offer parts comprising of a combination of metals and ceramics, and will be available from 2024.

In its unique Additive Manufacturing process, up to three different layers of materials can be applied from integrated powder reservoirs. A recoater is used to place these different powers side by side – layer by layer – on the work platform. A laser is then used to gradually fuse the individual layers together. Multiple laser sources and scanners are said to ensure optimised processing of a wide range of materials.

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Schaeffler has worked in collaboration with a partner for material application processes, and together will offer a range of services that encompasses the AM machines themselves, software and the provision of the material feedstock. Supplementary services, such as ‘design to print’ or machine measurement and calibration, are expected to ensure robust production of additively manufactured products.

“Our newly developed system concept for multi-material 3D printing represents a milestone in the integration of Additive Manufacturing processes into our production lines,” stated Bernd Wollenick, Senior Vice President Schaeffler Special Machinery. “This solution will allow customers to use innovative material combinations, integrate new functions into components and tools, and provide a higher degree of flexibility in the design of products and tools.”

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