The AM Cube is a »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 meter long and for the near-net-shape production of semi-finished products.
- 3D printing
Automatic deposition-head changing
- Wire or powder feedstock material
- 3D printing or coating
- Internal or external coating
- 3-axis, 4-axis and 5-axis
- Acquisiton of all video an sensor data during LMD process
- Live visualization of video and sensor date in real time
- Post process analysis of data
»Easy to use«
- Well-known Siemens control system components
- Programming in DIN ISO or CAM
- Cartesian coordinate system
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.
Wire deposition head
Powder deposition head
Powder deposition head for internal coating
Like CHIRON Group CNC machining centers, 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.
- Cartesian coordinate system
- Siemens 840D sl Touchline as HMI with »Run my Robot Direct Control«
In order to analyze the laser deposition welding process in a targeted manner and be able to optimize it, two digital systems are available: Firstly, DataLine AM means that all relevant process data can be displayed, recorded and documented in a compact quality report, continuously and 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.
Modular axis configuration
The system is designed as a platform and can be reconfigured from 4-axis operation to 5-axis operation with relatively little effort.
Because the AM Cube is equipped with a state-of-the-art sensor system and therefore fulfills all the relevant safety requirements, it does not need to be constantly manned. When working with highly reactive materials such as titanium, the entire system can be flooded with shielding gas to reduce oxidation. This protective atmosphere allows production to continue for multiple hours.
With a footprint of just 2.7 x 2.7 m plus peripherals, the AM Cube takes up very little space.
All details at a glance
up to 3 deposition heads with patented, hardwired energy, material and data supply
Max. workpiece dimension
3-axis: 1,000 x 500 x 600 mm
4-axis: Ø 650 x 1,000 mm
5-axis: Ø 500 x 500 mm, Ø 1.000 x H 700 mm
Solid-state laser with optionally 2 / 4 / 6 kW laser power
1,2 - 4,0 mm depending on deposition head
Siemens 840D sl with »Run my Robot Direct Control«
HMI via SmartLine module TouchLine with integrated working or process consideration
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/ 1,000 kg
2,650 x 2,650 mm plus periphery
Options AM Cube
- 2 / 4 / 6 kW laser power
- Exhaust system
- Rotary axis / Turn-tilt table
- Cooling options
- Heating options
- Deposition head wire / powder/ powder for interior coating
- Powder / wire feeder
- Process monitoring with DataLine AM / VisioLine AM
- NX CAM - Multi Axis – DED
- Postprocessor AM Cube (4 or 5 axis)
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