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    Additive Manufacturing

    Adding 3D printing to your machining centre

    • By MTDCNC
    • November 22, 2020
    • 2 minute read

    Laser metal deposition additive manufacturing has taken a leap forward with the arrival of the new AMBIT FLEX, dockable additive head that now turns your machining centre into both an additive and subtractive manufacturing centre.

    Manufactured by Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies and available in the UK from RAM Engineering & Tooling Ltd, the new AMBIT FLEX brings the benefits of additive manufacturing to your new or existing machining centre by simply loading the AMBIT head into your machine spindle.

    The AMBIT FLEX is a series of additive heads that can be added to your machine regardless of spindle configuration with variants that determine the distribution rate from 0.25kg/hour to 3.6kg/hour. Confined within the AMBIT head is the mirror path which directs the laser through the unit. This laser is the energy source that creates the heat in the focused melt pool area where the automatically controlled metal powder is deposited. A shield gas flow is also directed through the head to surround the laser and powder. This isolates the melt area. All three important feeds are ducted through the compact and enclosed head from an external AMBIT CORE unit via retrofitted ducting.

    The external AMBIT CORE encompasses the laser and chiller unit, control electronics, media feeders and storage and fume extraction as well as a Windows 10 machine interface that incorporates a user-friendly dashboard with melt pool monitoring. With this technology all housed externally from the machine tool, the work envelope and the interconnection of varying AMBIT FLEX heads are as simple as changing a cutting tool. Unlike existing metal additive machines, there is no curing process and the work envelope is only limited by the machine tool the system is fitted to – potentially making small 3D print work envelopes a thing of the past. As the head is inserted in the machine spindle, an M-Code is entered into the CNC control and the AMBIT FLEX and AMBIT CORE automatically communicate with the machine control to automatically and effortlessly start the ‘additive’ cycle.

    Suitable for use in all industry sectors, the AMBIT FLEX and AMBIT CORE utilise the Direct Energy Deposition (DED) method that minimises component deformation by keeping heat transfer to the component at a minimum. This makes the system suitable for use in high-tech industry sectors like the aerospace, medical and motorsport sectors.

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    Adding 3D printing to your machining centre

    Laser metal deposition additive manufacturing has taken a leap forward with the arrival of the new AMBIT FLEX, dockable additive head that now turns your machining centre into both an additive and subtractive manufacturing centre.

    Manufactured by Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies and available in the UK from RAM Engineering & Tooling Ltd, the new AMBIT FLEX brings the benefits of additive manufacturing to your new or existing machining centre by simply loading the AMBIT head into your machine spindle.

    The AMBIT FLEX is a series of additive heads that can be added to your machine regardless of spindle configuration with variants that determine the distribution rate from 0.25kg/hour to 3.6kg/hour. Confined within the AMBIT head is the mirror path which directs the laser through the unit. This laser is the energy source that creates the heat in the focused melt pool area where the automatically controlled metal powder is deposited. A shield gas flow is also directed through the head to surround the laser and powder. This isolates the melt area. All three important feeds are ducted through the compact and enclosed head from an external AMBIT CORE unit via retrofitted ducting.

    The external AMBIT CORE encompasses the laser and chiller unit, control electronics, media feeders and storage and fume extraction as well as a Windows 10 machine interface that incorporates a user-friendly dashboard with melt pool monitoring. With this technology all housed externally from the machine tool, the work envelope and the interconnection of varying AMBIT FLEX heads are as simple as changing a cutting tool. Unlike existing metal additive machines, there is no curing process and the work envelope is only limited by the machine tool the system is fitted to – potentially making small 3D print work envelopes a thing of the past. As the head is inserted in the machine spindle, an M-Code is entered into the CNC control and the AMBIT FLEX and AMBIT CORE automatically communicate with the machine control to automatically and effortlessly start the ‘additive’ cycle.

    Suitable for use in all industry sectors, the AMBIT FLEX and AMBIT CORE utilise the Direct Energy Deposition (DED) method that minimises component deformation by keeping heat transfer to the component at a minimum. This makes the system suitable for use in high-tech industry sectors like the aerospace, medical and motorsport sectors.