Not at all. While metal additive manufacturing is excellent for prototypes, Concept Laser has been building production parts for our tooling house in Germany for almost 15 years. We have customers who have been in serial production for several years, and whose parts have undergone some of the most rigorous certification processes in existence. Concept Laser systems are built with production in mind.
In technical terms, LaserCUSING® refers to Additive Manufacturing with metal, also known as 3D metal printing. The term, composed of the C of CONCEPT Laser and FUSING (melt completely), describes the technology: the melting process generates complex parts layer by layer using 3D CAD data – with layer thickness between 15 and 150 µm.
Metal in fine powder form is melted locally using high-energy fiber lasers. Mirror deflection units (scanners) create the part contour by deflecting the laser beam. After cooling, the material solidifies. Construction is carried out by lowering the build plate, adding new powder, and melting again.
What makes the systems special is stochastic control of the slice segments (also called “islands”), which are processed successively. The patented method provides for a significant reduction in tension in the manufacture of very large parts.
The result: metallic precision components that can stand up to high mechanical and thermal loads.