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ETG expands additive offering with Chiron AM Cube

Engineering Technology Group's CHIRON AM Cube 3D metal printer, which can perform laser deposition welding with both wire and powder feedstock materials, has received new features.

The system can now perform comprehensive documentation of its process data via 'DataLine AM' and capture the welding process in real time using the digital system 'VisioLine AM' .

DataLine AM documents a variety of process data during deposition welding and displays them into an easy-to-understand visualisation of the data, live on a monitor. VisioLine AM enables systematic process monitoring via a camera system. Both systems build the foundation for a wide range of options to analyse the welding process and create new opportunities to optimise the manufacturing process.

The AM Cube, with its automatically changeable deposition head, is suited to a variety of different processes and industries, used in the mechanical engineering, tool manufacturing, energy production and even in the aerospace industry.

The system is a combined solution for generative manufacturing and is designed using a Cartesian coordinate system, just like a conventional machining centre. The laser deposition welding technology is especially well-suited to small quantities and large components with long procurement times and high material prices. This is credit to the AM Cube’s effortless switching from four to five-axis machining, achieving high order volumes while maintaining an excellent surface quality. The AM Cube can also operate unmanned, providing that all the relevant safety precautions are taken.

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