LaserCUSING in an XXL Format for the Carmaker Daimler
Todd Grimm posted on November 27, 2012 |

Large format LaserCUSING machineThe Fraunhofer ILT and Concept Laser are presenting the new, high-performance LaserCUSING machine X line 1000R for fabricating series components in an extra-large format for the first time at EuroMold.

The large machine X line 1000R boasts a build chamber that, according to Frank Herzog, managing director of Concept Laser, has impressive dimensions of 24.8 x 15.7 x 19.7 inches. The X line 1000R was developed for the tool-less manufacturing of large functional components and technical prototypes with material properties that are identical throughout the range.

The centerpiece of the X line 1000R is a high-power laser in the kilowatt range, which enables an increase in productivity of up to a factor of 10 compared with standard laser fusing machines available on the market.

The machine was specifically configured to cater to Daimler AG's special requirements for automobile applications. The aim of Daimler AG was to replace costly sand-casting and die-casting applications in early phases of development. In addition, the LaserCUSING process will in the future offer the possibility of generating lightweight structures with a high level of rigidity.

The preliminary work now needs to be turned into "solid" machine technology for commercial use.

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