The company reemphasizes its expertise across various stages of the manufacturing chain.
Mostly known for its DMP production series in the AM industry, machine manufacturer GF Machining Solutions provides a wide range of services to industries seeking to adopt AM. The company highlights its expertise in “Design for Manufacturing” alongside the DMP Factory 500, multiple large applications and unique parts produced in an optimized workflow at formnext 2021.
As a reminder, the company’s portfolio for AM includes Direct Metal Printing (DMP) systems, designed for serial production of high-quality parts, the innovative, horizontal wire-cutting EDM machine CUT AM 500, System 3R Tooling for AM for improved productivity and flexibility, Milling solutions for finishing operations, the all-in-one software 3DXpert® and Laserform® parameters.
All these solutions aim to enhance production capacity and throughput and can easily be integrated with conventional manufacturing equipment.
Recent developments on the DMP Flex and the Factory 350 metal 3D printers have led to increased productivity and quality while reducing variability and production costs. The two lasers in the machines help reduce build time by up to 50% and lower cost. These latest additions to the DMP portfolio, developed together with GF Machining Solutions’ partner 3D Systems, maintain the benefits of the single-laser configurations including flexible application use, quick-swap build modules (DMP Flex 350 Dual) and integrated powder recycling (DMP Factory 350 Dual). The DMP Flex 350 Dual and DMP Factory 350 Dual can help accelerate innovation for a variety of applications including devices for the Medical and Aerospace segments, turbomachinery, semiconductors and devices for Automotive and Motorsports.
Another highlight from GF Machining Solutions at Formnext is the Removable Print Module (RPM) of the DMP Factory 500, a workflow-optimized metal 3D printing solution for massive scalability, repeatable high-quality parts, high throughput and low Total Cost of Ownership, which produces parts with a build volume up to 500 x 500 x 500 mm (height inclusive build plate).
There is a clear need in the market for larger printers being able to produce larger parts. However, the challenges related to this are much more complex than the ones related to mid-size machines (e.g. the large amount of powder needed, the handling of heavy parts, the thoughtful management of laser balancing and overlapping and a high process stability needed). Amid the numerous 3D printed parts showcased at formnext, one notes an aerospace heat exchanger and a satellite component built in aluminum, an optimized Industrial Gas Turbine (IGT) component built in Hastelloy, a turbine rear vane printed in Inconel and a unique Oil and Gas demo part printed with 120-µm layer thickness. This latest application shows a drastic improvement of productivity without adding more lasers, while maintaining a very high part quality.
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