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Concept Laser’s Lasercusing technology — supplied by ES Technology — has been used to develop a super laser melting machine for the tool-less manufacture of large functional components and technical prototypes.

The X Line 1000R machine was developed by Daimler, in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT) and Concept Laser, and is said to feature a very large build chamber.

The machine incorporates a high-power laser in the kilowatt range, which is claimed to increase productivity by up to a factor of 10 compared with the standard metal additive-manufacturing machines currently available.

The X Line 1000R machine, designed for fabricating series components in an XXL format, was presented to the general public for the first time at Euromold 2012.

Key benefits of product application

  • The Lasercusing process offers the possibility of generating lightweight structures with a high level of rigidity; this enables the production of weight-optimised geometries, with almost no restrictions on the design.
  • The project partners decided to use a metal additive-manufacturing process thanks to its potential to conserve material, its ability to produce without the need for die-cast moulds, its freedom of geometry and the speed of construction and development.
  • For Daimler, the high and flexible availability of the Lasercusing technology opens up new possibilities for further optimisation of the project team’s product development process.

ES Technology Ltd is an Oxford company with a 22 year history of manufacturing laser-based manufacturing equipment and providing a range of associated services and products. Our four business units are. Design and build of special purpose laser systems. We use a range of industrial lasers to provide customers with turnkey machines for laser marking, cutting and welding.Systems incorporate handling such as robot, conveyor or bowl-feed; motion and control elements such as XY/rotary tables and of course the appropriate laser and beam delivery for the job.Control is via PC/PLC and dedicated front-end software provides the human interface and integrates barcode readers, vision, etc as required. Laser jobshop.We use 10 laser systems to provide laser marking on a subcontract basis on plastic, metal, ceramic or wood.Products and components receive logos, serial numbers, barcodes and other functional marks.We also perform fine metal cutting and microperforating services. Distribution of rapid prototyping/rapid manufacturing systems.ES is the exclusive UK distributor of Concept Laser LaserCUSING systems which make parts in titanium, aluminium, stainless or tool steel and inconel directly from 3D CAD designs by additive layer build. Optical components.Laser diodes, safety eyewear and acousto-optic components/wafers are distributed.

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