Mitsubishi Electric to Launch Digital Wire-laser Metal 3D Printer

TOKYO–()–Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6503) announced today that on March 1 it will release two models of the “AZ600” wire-laser metal 3D printer, which melts welding wire with a laser beam to create high-quality 3D structures. Digital additive-manufacturing technology combined with simultaneous 5-axis spatial control and coordinated control of machining conditions, a world’s first, delivers stable, high-quality 3D printing. Furthermore, it contributes to m anufacturing in a decarbonized era by reducing energy consumption, saves resources by shortening of processing time and using highly efficient production methods such as ‘near-net-shape’, and supports the build-up of repairs for the maintenance of specialist parts for automobiles, ships and aircraft. Additionally, a new contract printing service utilizing these printers will help the adoption of additive manufacturing by offering product design consultation, prototyping and general advice about the application of 3D metal printing.

In recent years, the growing need to reduce CO2 emissions in the metalworking manufacturing industry has stimulated an increase in demand for more efficient metalworking methods that reduce energy consumption and conserve finite natural resources. In particular, demand is expected to grow for metal 3D printers, which create objects from 3D shape data. This has the advantages of significantly shortening the conventional manufacturing process, reducing waste materials in the manufacturing process, and improving design flexibility by making it easier to integrate multiple parts and reduce weight. On the other hand, metal 3D printers that use powder-based feedstock have issues with material management, workability and safety, and a new additive manufacturing process has been required.

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