The CHIRON Group has expanded its core competencies to now include additive manufacturing. The new AM Cube that is now available from the Engineering Technology Group (ETG) is an easy-to-use 3D metal printer for manufacturing large and complex components.
The AM Cube is an “Easy to use” 3D metal printer for manufacturing large and complex components. It is suitable for coating and repairing components up to 500 mm in size, for cylindrical components up to a metre long and for the near-net-shape production of semi-finished products.
|Deposition heads:||up to 3 deposition heads with patented, hardwired energy, material and data supply|
|Max. workpiece dimension:||3-axis: 1,000 x 400 x 500 mm|
|4-axis: Ø 300 x 1,000 mm|
|5-axis: Ø 500 x 500 mm|
|Laser source:||Solid-state laser with optionally 2 / 4 / 6 kW laser power|
|Beam quality:||NA 0,1|
|Focus diameter:||1,2 - 4,0 mm depending on deposition head|
|Control:||Siemens 840 Dsl|
|Operation:||HMI via CHIRON TouchLine with integrated working or process consideration|
|Swivel area:||3-axis: -|
|4-axis: A-axis: 360°|
|5-axis: B-axis: +/-100° & C-axis 360°|
|Max. permissible load:||3-axis: 1,000 kg|
|4-axis: 400 kg|
|5-axis: 400 kg|
|Footprint:||2,650 x 2,650 mm plus periphery|
Unlike other 3D metal printers, the deposition head on the CHIRON Group's AM Cube can be changed during an active printing/ coating process. This allows different process requirements to be fulfilled: For example, one deposition head can be used to achieve a high-quality surface finish, while another can be used to achieve a high deposition volume. The automatic head change function enables these properties to be combined in a single workpiece. The AM Cube has three deposition heads in total and additionally allows the deposited material to be changed. Wire and powder can be deposited in different phases of the same manufacturing process.
Like CHIRON Group CNC machining centres, the AM Cube uses a conventional, Cartesian coordinate system. Operation and programming are both intuitive. The system is programmed either using a standardized DIN ISO code or, for complex components, using a CAD/CAM software tool. All aspects of the system can be controlled using tried-and-tested Siemens components, from hardware to the HMI through to programming of the AM Cube.