Wire-Based Laser Metal Deposition (LMD-w)

The additive production of individualized and complex components no longer only polarizes the industrial market, but also has an impact on consumers and end users. We are further developing wire-based Laser Metal Deposition (LMD-w) to manufacture metallic components as an alternative to the better-known powder-based processes, one that not only is environmentally friendly, but also uses material efficiently. Originally designed for wear protection, LMD-w uses a laser to melt wire and deposits it in layers on the surface of the component.

With our specially developed CAD/CAM software, we control and regulate the process and, thus, build the desired component layer by layer. A wide range of different standardized cored wires, solid wires and special laser wires are available when the wire filler material has to be selected, material that can be processed very cost-effectively and produce high-quality components.

Our services at a glance

  • Feasibility studies for wired-based laser metal deposition
  • Process development and manufacturing
  • Additive production of small series on customer order
  • Implementation of wire-based laser metal deposition in existing process chains
  • Construction of systems for wire-based laser metal deposition
  • Integration of laser and wire feeding systems in machine tools

 

 

Areas of application

Tool modification and repair

In their life cycle, tools are subject to high wear due to abrasion, adhesion and other stresses. Wire-based laser metal deposition using suitable filler materials can significantly extend the service life of tools.

Structural components

We use LMD-w to produce structural components in a highly efficient manner, close-to-contour, pore-free and with a local inert gas supply. Due to the wire-shaped filler material, no respirable particles get into the environment.

Complex components

LMD-w is a process we use to manufacture even complex components such as turbine blades. To this end, we first simulate the component and manufacturing processes using CAD/CAM software developed in-house. The substrate and the filler material can also be of a different type.