For quite some time, additive manufacturing of customized and complex components has been polarizing the markets. Now, its effects on end users and consumers are also beginning to be felt. We are currently developing innovative wire-based laser metal deposition techniques (LMD-W) to provide environmentally friendly and resource-efficient alternatives to the conventional powder-based strategies of producing metallic components. Under LMD-W – a technique that was originally developed to provide higher levels of resistance to wear – the wire material is melted down by a laser before being applied in layers to the component surface. Our self-developed CAD/CAM software controls the process, allowing us to build up layer after layer of the component with all of its required properties. Standardized wires of different types and specifications (filler wires, solid wires and specifically designed laser wires) are widely available on the market, ensuring the cost-effective production of high-quality components.
- Feasibility studies on the application of wire-based laser metal deposition
- Process development and production
- Additive manufacturing of customized small series
- Integration of wire-based laser metal deposition into existing process chains
- Design and construction of wire-based laser metal deposition facilities
- Integration of laser systems and wire feeding mechanisms into machine tools