At Formnext 2023, ADDiTEC showcased its new Hybrid 3 system, which combines Laser Directed Energy Deposition (LDED) technology and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining. The company also introduced its Liquid Metal Jetting (LMJ) technology, which it acquired from Xerox earlier in the year. The LMJ process uses a drop-on-demand liquid metal printing technique and is featured in the Hybrid 3 system.
TCT visited the ADDiTEC booth at Formnext to learn more about the technology. R&D Program Manager Sriram Manoharan explained that LMJ involves welding wire into a crucible using an induction heating mechanism to melt the wire. Electromagnetic forces then generate a pulse, which produces droplets. This process offers high-resolution parts. He also discussed the benefits of LDED, including high deposition rates.
Manoharan pointed out that combining these two technologies provides several advantages. Firstly, it allows for high-deposition infills with LMJ and high-resolution perimeters with LDED. Additionally, CNC operation can be used for surface finishing.