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01.10.2021

AM Cube: Intelligent additive manufacturing

The AM Cube 3D metal printer: The automatic changing of the deposition heads is a key advantage of the AM Cube, and a true USP.

The AM Cube 3D metal printer: The automatic changing of the deposition heads is a key advantage of the AM Cube, and a true USP.

The AM Cube 3D metal printer: The automatic changing of the deposition heads is a key advantage of the AM Cube, and a true USP.

The AM Cube 3D metal printer: The automatic changing of the deposition heads is a key advantage of the AM Cube, and a true USP.

With its three deposition heads, the AM Cube can apply both wire and metal powder in various phases of production.

With its three deposition heads, the AM Cube can apply both wire and metal powder in various phases of production.

The new digital VisioLine AM system uses multiple camera systems to record and document the welding process, thereby enabling systematic process monitoring.

The new digital VisioLine AM system uses multiple camera systems to record and document the welding process, thereby enabling systematic process monitoring.

3D metal printing with process monitoring

At Formnext 2021, the CHIRON Group will be demonstrating its interpretation of the event's slogan, "The next generation of intelligent industrial production". For the first time, the team from the Additive Manufacturing department will be presenting the AM Cube finally in person. The innovative 3D metal printer for laser deposition welding was already a hit at OPEN HOUSE ONLINE. Since then, the AM Cube has proven itself in industrial applications and offers a range of additional options. The event will also offer the chance to see two new features in the interactive showroom – the comprehensive documentation of process data with DataLine AM and the ability to record the welding process in real time with VisioLine AM.

Even more possibilities for additive manufacturing
Laser deposition welding with AM Cube is suited to a whole variety of different processes and industries, including mechanical engineering, tool manufacturing, energy production and the aerospace industry. From coating components to making repairs to near-net-shape production of semi-finished products, there are so many applications for additive manufacturing. What's more, the AM Cube enables even more possibilities. The CHIRON Group has succeeded in offering two processes – laser deposition welding with both wire and powder – from just one comprehensive system. A real advantage and unique feature of the AM Cube is that the deposition head is changed fully automatically during the process, with the system offering up to three deposition heads.

The 3D metal printer is a future-proof combined solution for additive manufacturing and has been designed using a Cartesian coordinate system, just like a conventional machining center. 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 particularly thanks to the AM Cube’s effortless switching from four to five-axis machining, achieving high order volumes while maintaining an excellent surface quality. In addition, the comprehensive safety and protective equipment enables unmanned operation.

Process monitoring with DataLine AM and VisioLine AM
In order to analyze and optimize the process of laser deposition welding in a targeted way, two new digital systems are available for the AM Cube. Firstly, DataLine AM means that all relevant process data can be displayed, recorded and documented continuously in real time. This allows product and process quality to be assessed with certainty. Secondly, VisioLine AM visualizes and saves video files recorded by multiple camera systems (e.g. the melt pool camera, thermal camera, workpiece camera, working area camera), thereby enabling systematic process monitoring.

Moreover, at Formnext, the team from the Additive Manufacturing department will be demonstrating the perfect interaction of additive manufacturing and machining in an exciting use case. They will also be presenting a preview of a second innovation project, AM Coating. This is a system designed for applying particularly hard coatings on brake disks and rotationally symmetrical components.  Hall 12.0, stand A41

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About the CHIRON Group

The CHIRON Group, headquartered in Tuttlingen, is a global company specializing in CNC vertical milling and mill-turn machining centers, as well as turnkey manufacturing solutions. The Group has a global presence, with production and development sites, sales and service subsidiaries, and sales agencies worldwide. Around two thirds of machines and solutions that are sold are exported. Key customer sectors are the automotive, mechanical engineering, medicine and precision engineering, aerospace industries and tool production.

The CHIRON Group is proprietor of the brands CHIRON, STAMA and FACTORY5, associated with new machines, as well as the retrofit brand CMS. The key feature of all the brands is precise, productive and flexible machining. CHIRON has a reputation for optimum dynamics. STAMA focuses on stability and heavy machining. FACTORY5 machining centers are ideally suited for high-speed machining of microtechnical components. CMS provides completely overhauled machines from the Group, including related services. With products and solutions for additive manufacturing, the CHIRON Group supplements its core competencies.

Editorial contact:

CHIRON Group SE
Melanie Buschle

Kreuzstraße 75, 78532 Tuttlingen
T: (0 74 61) 940-3255
E-Mail: melanie.buschle@chiron-group.com