Metal print­ing plan firmed up

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - 3D TECHNOLOGY -

Trumpf has agreed on a joint ven­ture in the ad­di­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor with Italy’s big­gest laser man­u­fac­turer Sisma.

They plan to co-de­velop pro­duc­tion sys­tems for the 3D print­ing of metal com­po­nents. The tech­nol­ogy has the po­ten­tial of par­tially re­plac­ing meth­ods such as milling or cast­ing.

To­day, com­pa­nies from the most di­verse sec­tors are qual­i­fy­ing com­po­nents and prod­ucts suited to ad­di­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing, rather than the con­ven­tional meth­ods used.

Trumpf is work­ing on rapid en­try into this mar­ket, at its head­quar­ters in Ditzin­gen, as well as to­gether with Sisma.

The two joint ven­ture part­ners, with their high level of ex­per­tise in laser and me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing, want to pro­vide ro­bust and pro­duc­tive ma­chines for mass pro­duc­tion.

“Many ma­chines on the mar­ket to­day are aimed more at pro­to­type con­struc­tion,” says Dr Peter Leibinger, head of Trumpf Laser Tech­nol­ogy.

“In the fu­ture, how­ever, the most im­por­tant cri­te­rion where ad­di­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing lines are con­cerned will be their suit­abil­ity for in­dus­trial ap­pli­ca­tions.”

Sev­eral years ago Sisma be­gan work on de­vel­op­ing an ad­di­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing ma­chine for the pro­duc­tion of small metal­lic com­po­nents – and the Ital­ian com­pany is bring­ing this ex­per­tise to the joint ven­ture.

The tar­get mar­kets of the laser and sys­tems sup­plier are pri­mar­ily jew­ellery, fash­ion, den­tal and in­dus­try.

Trumpf en­tered the ad­di­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor as a pioneer back in 2000. The Tru­maForm – a uni­ver­sal tool for the gen­er­a­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing of metal­lic ma­te­ri­als – was years ahead of its time be­cause the mar­ket for se­rial pro­duc­tion of com­po­nents had not yet de­vel­oped.

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