Laser metal deposition with the aid of powder-based or wire-shaped filler materials can be used for repair work, the application of wear and corrosion protection, and the production of 3D components (additive manufacturing).
Discover the hybrid additive manufacturing solution from KUKA. The goal of the ProLMD project is the industrial implementation of hybrid manufacturing processes using laser technology. A Quantec KR 90 HA robot builds up new structures layer by layer on a conventionally manufactured base component. Thanks to the use of a fiber-guided system, the robot remains virtually unrestricted in its workspace. This makes it possible to respond flexibly to component geometry and size – even in the case of small batch sizes. The development of a locally integrated shielding gas system, which is only deployed when required, offers further advantages. This system is supplemented with new laser processing heads, which make use of both wire and powder as filler materials, as well as with a computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) system suitable for hybrid production. Several filler materials are being researched within the framework of ProLMD with a view to developing highly efficient laser material deposition processes.