Trumpf, Ditzingen, Germany, will display its upgraded Additive Manufacturing machines, including the TruPrint 1000 and TruPrint 5000, along with its expanded range of metals that includes titanium, aluminium and stainless steel alloys and tool steel, at Formnext 2022.
Using smart automation, the new TruPrint 1000 is reportedly twice as fast as its predecessor and is intended for use in series production, particularly within the dental and medical industries. The machine also features a multiplate function, users can stack up to four plates on one another within the build cylinder, allowing the machine to additively manufacturing on one plate after another.
The TruPrint 1000 also features an exchange kit, enabling the user to change the build, powder and overflow cylinders of the machine. Brushes and gloves are integrated into the machine, allowing users to clean components and unpack the build job without risking contamination. The machine is also said to have improved the flow of the shielding gas during the production process.
“Thanks to the primary and secondary flow, the work area remains clean even after several build jobs and the protective glass does not become contaminated. This is also true when processing tool steel, which is actually prone to heavy fuming,” stated Trumpf has improved the flow of the shielding gas during the production process.
“Thanks to the primary and secondary flow, the work area remains clean even after several build jobs and the protective glass does not become contaminated. This is also true when processing tool steel, which is actually prone to heavy fuming,” stated Mirko De Boni, Manager, Trumpf. If the protective glass does get dirty, the machine operator can remove and clean it in a few steps. The gas flow also ensures a consistent production process, as predefined laser power always reaches the powder. Thanks to the clean working environment, users can apply higher layer thicknesses. This is intended to increase the productivity of the system and improves the quality of the additively manufactured components.
“With two lasers, we can improve the productivity of this machine even further,” added De Boni. The TruPrint 1000 also uses the ‘beamexpander’ to automatically adjust the spot diameter (55 or 80 µm) of the laser to the particular build job.
Trumpf’s materials expansion include titanium 6242 (suited for aerospace, motorsports and energy applications), the CustAlloy aluminium alloy from ECKA Granules (automotive), Printdur HSA alloy (medical technology), and M789 AMPO tool steel (tool & mould making).
Jan Christian Schauer, materials expert for Additive Manufacturing at Trumpf, “Powder is an important component of Additive Manufacturing. Our goal is to offer our customers the broadest material portfolio on the market. To achieve this, we work closely with powder manufacturers. Users of our equipment can thus always implement new applications using Additive Manufacturing or improve existing applications with new powders. A broad selection of materials is important in order to be on a par with conventional manufacturing processes.”
At Formnext, Trumpf will be in Hall 12.0, D81.