Meltio launches two new wire-laser metal 3D printing solutions
Meltio, a multinational Spanish manufacturer of laser metal deposition technology, presented two new innovations that will increase the reliability of additive manufacturing of metal parts: the Meltio Horizon software and the laser calibration system.
The two technological solutions, developed by Meltio’s engineering team, represent a further step in the company’s strategy to eliminate the barriers that prevent metal additive manufacturing from expanding its presence in many industrial sectors.
“We developed the Meltio Horizon software and laser calibration system with the goal of making it easier to use Meltio’s metal 3D printing technology for industries around the world. It should be noted that metal additive manufacturing has historically been associated with complex and expensive software, limited to the use of very few people because it is very specialized. At Meltio, with the launch of our new software, we are making it easier for you and shortening the learning curve to democratize metal 3D printing so that your software is accessible and easy to use for many different profiles within a company. . The laser calibration system will offer industrial companies a new tool to be able to work with guaranteed reliability in the creation of their metal parts,” said Ángel Llavero, CEO of Meltio.
Until now, Meltio users have depended on third-party FFF slicers to prepare Meltio M450 toolpaths. Meltio Horizon is proprietary toolpath generation software that ensures a fully customized customer experience for the company’s plug-and-play metal 3D printer, the Meltio M450, with its own unique features and user profiles. printing and custom developed Meltio materials included. The new software solution is tailored to the laser wire metal deposition process of the M450.
In addition to the traditional slicing parameters used in FFF software, such as layer height, line width, print speed and support materials, the new Meltio Horizon offers tailored access to the laser wire process of the company and material specific parameters such as laser power, double wire and hot wire parameters.
With Meltio Horizon software, all material-related parameters are already included in the slicing software, allowing full control with a single profile and the creation of more specialized print profiles, with the power to directly control the laser and the hot. thread.
This slicer is currently only compatible with the Meltio M450 metal 3D printer.
Features of Meltio Horizon software include ease of use, cost calculation, adaptation to wire-laser printing, combined material profiles, custom gas profiles, custom build plates, upgrades automatic updates, 2D and 3D previews, and the ability to fully integrate project files.
The company’s new laser calibration system is an accessory for Meltio machines, which guarantees a faster and more reliable printing process. The system allows users to calibrate Meltio’s multi-laser deposition head precisely and effortlessly on its three metal 3D printers. The system consists of a laser alignment camera controlled using a handheld controller.
The company’s multi-laser metal 3D printing technology uses six lasers aimed at a common point to melt the solder wire that passes through the center of the deposition head. The lasers generate a high concentration of energy, called the weld pool, which melts the metallic raw material, resulting in precisely stacked weld beads. Alignment of each laser is critical and the camera makes the calibration process easier.
Features of the laser calibration system include increased accuracy, reduced calibration time, compatibility with any Meltio system, protective packaging, ease of use, repeatability and traceability.