At Formnext 2023, ADDiTEC showcased its Liquid Metal Jetting technology following the acquisition of Elem Additive from Xerox earlier in the year. The company’s new Hybrid 3 system, which features this technology, was launched at the event. This innovative system also includes Laser Directed Energy Deposition (LDED) and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining capabilities.
During a visit to the ADDiTEC booth, TCT closely examined the technology on display. Sriram Manoharan, R&D Program Manager at ADDiTEC, explained that Liquid Metal Jetting involves welding wire into a crucible using an induction heating mechanism to melt the wire. Electromagnetic forces then generate a pulse that produces droplets. This process provides high-resolution parts with precise details and intricate geometries.
Manoharan also highlighted the benefits of LDED, which offers high deposition rates and allows for rapid prototyping. He emphasized that combining these two technologies provides significant advantages: a geometric advantage for high-deposition infills with laser wire DED and high-resolution perimeters with liquid metal jetting; and CNC operations for surface finishing to achieve optimal results. Overall, ADDiTEC’s Hybrid 3 system offers a powerful solution for manufacturers looking to produce complex and precise components using advanced additive manufacturing techniques.