ADDere SYSTEM II: Laser Wire Additive Manufacturing System with Automated Material Handling
The ADDere SYSTEM II represents a step-change advancement in large scale metal additive manufacturing. Using the same base laser wire additive technology from ADDere I consisting of a control suite of high speed, real-time, closed loop sensors and purpose built control software built on an industrial robotics movement system, MWES further refined the system with an eye towards building a truly manufacturing orientated additive work cell.
With the ADDere SYSTEM II, MWES has updated the production cell for Titanium parts 50” long, 22” wide and 10” tall. The laser power has been increased to 20 kW. With the new laser power level and the 500 amp hotwire now allow for higher deposition rates of up to 20 lbs/hour. The MWES own developed closed loop sensor system allows for consistent builds during the deposition. Heat and geometry are recorded, evaluated and the according parameters adjusted in real time.
All manufacturing parameters are being recorded during the build sequence to allow for re-evaluation at a later time. The system is built to operate in an argon atmosphere which is monitored throughout the additive metal build process.
While the ADDere SYSTEM II is built within a class 1 Laser enclosure that has an interchange argon lock, MWES has integrated an automated material handling system. This material handling system allows for the loading and unloading of the additive manufacturing system without losing the argon atmosphere in the build chamber.
SYSTEM II Specifications:
Built part size (LxWxH):
0.5x0.5x1.25m / 22x 22x50in.
Built part weight (Max) 500 kg / 1100 lbs.
Laser power: 20kW
Deposition rate: up to 30 lbs./h
Positioner: 2 servo axis
Sensor system: real time, closed loop
Software package: ADDere by MWES