Metal-fusing is an additive manufacturing process. Also called 3D printing. In contrast to subtractive processes (machining), metal powder is used, which is applied in thin layers (15 - 150 μm) on a construction surface and then locally melted by means of a laser.
The component contour is produced by deflecting the laser beam by means of a scanner. The construction along the Z axis takes place by lowering the installation space, reapplying powder and re-melting.
The advantages at a glance
The use of metal laser melting or 3D printing has some significant advantages. Here is a brief overview of the most important details:
- New component geometries are possible
- Enormous weight reductions in the components
- Environmentally friendly process, since only the required material is consumed
- Higher stability of the components can be implemented
- Fast implementation for prototypes
- Toolless manufacturing