ADDiTEC, a leading innovator in additive manufacturing, made its debut at Formnext 2023 with its Liquid Metal Jetting technology. This cutting-edge technology was acquired by ADDiTEC after the purchase of Elem Additive from Xerox earlier this year.
At the show, TCT visited the ADDiTEC booth to learn more about the company’s new Hybrid 3 system, which features both Liquid Metal Jetting and Laser Directed Energy Deposition (DED) technologies. The CNC machining process is also included in this innovative system.
During our conversation with R&D Program Manager at ADDiTEC Sriram Manoharan, he explained that Liquid Metal Jetting involves welding wire into a crucible using an induction heating mechanism to melt it. Electromagnetic forces then generate a pulse that produces droplets. This process offers several advantages, including high-resolution parts and excellent surface finish.
Manoharan also highlighted the benefits of Laser Directed Energy Deposition (DED), which provides high deposition rates and can be used for large-scale production applications. He mentioned that combining these two technologies offers significant advantages such as geometric precision and surface finishing capabilities through CNC operation.
Overall, ADDiTEC’s latest innovation combines two advanced technologies to deliver high-quality parts with superior precision and surface finish.