Why is the ADDere Laser Metal Wire Additive System the Future of Manufacturing?
Time to Market:
A dramatic reduction in time, from the design phase to the completion of the part, is possible with the ADDere 3D additive manufacturing system. Parts and processes that could take anywhere from months to even years to create now have the ability to be accomplished within days or hours.
Design-to-part usually involves multiple steps that rely on each other’s completion. This process includes several aspects: design approval / lock design, ordering, designing and building fixtures, casts or forms, sourcing of material, casting or forging parts and machining. With conventional processes currently available in the market, delivery times of up to one year are a common time frame for these steps and components.
With the ADDere additive manufacturing process, time intensive iterative steps like component design or fixture building can be greatly reduced. Designs can be sent directly to additive manufacturing systems. This process allows for a much faster design cycle as components and fixtures can be tested at scale and in the materials specified for end use. With the ADDere system that could mean even Titanium, Inconel or other exotic metals.
ADDere also offers time advantages over conventional manufacturing processes. Complex parts that would have required casting could be 3D printed in a variety of metals, side-stepping the many steps involved in common casting processes. The laser-wire additive system has benefits over milling especially when considering high complexity products where 3D printing opens the possibility for geometries that would be difficult to impossible with current milling technologies.
With the ADDere additive metal process, laser metal deposition rates can range from 7 - 22 lbs per hour. These rates will change depending on the metal type and the geometry being used.
Material Cost and Efficiency
Using Laser Metal Disposition-wire additive manufacturing processes has the ability to save large amounts of material cost. 99% of the material used in the ADDere metal 3D printing process goes into the component being printed, whereas the powder based system's material waste is substantially more.
In general, the cost for the same quantity of material, in powder, is about double that of the cost for wire. For more exotic materials, this can have a great impact on total cost for the component. As an example, the material cost of titanium wire is about 140% less expensive than titanium powder.