Every second year the Laser World of PHOTONICS is in Munich. Every even year the event takes place in Shanghai.
Bigger than the LASYS expo the Laser World of PHOTONICS is the most important trade fair and conference on laser technology.
So it is a fair showing new developments in laser technology. This time they had a special on Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing.
I met a few familiar faces from Laser Zentrum Hannover, iwb / TU Munich, Fraunhofer ILT and Uni Erlangen places where Additive Manufacturing
and new applications are researched and developed in close corporation with industry. From my point of view this is one of the advantages
what makes Germany such strong in technology.
In a different hall next to the Fraunhofer ILT booth was a new player in the field of laser based direct metal powder bed systems.
Aconity3D is based in Aachen within the Fraunhofer ILT next to the RWTH Aachen University. ARCONITY is offering open architecture laser-based direct metal machines. The term ‘open architecture’ does apply in two ways as the machine is fully customizable and all parameters can be adjusted. Further, the machine and it’s optical path between scanner system and laser window is open. A laser protective barrier can be used for protection but in general, this is a real laser class 4 device. The design allows to move the scanner head aside to lift heavy parts with a crane out of the 400 mm in diameter and 300 mm deep build envelope. Beside this system for R&D purposes Aconity3D offers also more closed solutions for production.