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Revolutionary Hybrid System Unveiled by ADDiTEC: Liquid Metal Jetting Technology Takes Center Stage


Nov 21, 2023

At Formnext 2023, ADDiTEC debuted its Liquid Metal Jetting technology following the acquisition of Elem Additive from Xerox earlier in the year. The new Hybrid 3 system, launched at the show, includes Laser Directed Energy Deposition and CNC machining.

TCT visited the ADDiTEC booth to examine the technology more closely during the event. Sriram Manoharan, R&D Program Manager at ADDiTEC, explained that the Liquid Metal Jetting process involves welding wire into a crucible with an induction heating mechanism to melt the wire. Electromagnetic forces then generate a pulse, which produces droplets. This process offers the advantage of high-resolution parts. He also discussed the benefits of Laser Directed Energy Deposition technology, which provides high deposition rates.

Manoharan mentioned that combining these two technologies offers two key advantages: a geometric advantage and surface finishing capabilities. With Laser Directed Energy Deposition, high-deposition infills can be achieved with laser wire DED and high-resolution perimeters with liquid metal jetting. Additionally, CNC operation can be used for surface finishing.

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