Equipment & Techniques

Making world-class metal additive manufacturing accessible to all

Some of our key metal additive manufacturing technologies include Selective Laser Melting (SLM), Laser Aided Additive Manufacturing (LAAM) and a unique hybrid Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (H-WAAM) method that cater to different customer requirements in size, complexity and surface finish.

Our world-class AMC is currently undergoing ISO certification. Well equipped with testing and QC laboratories, we also have in-house capabilities for heat treatment, bead blasting, polishing and other finishing/post-processing services.

Understand more about the different metal material available for printing here.

Selective Laser Melting (SLM)

We offer Selective Laser Melting through the Renishaw suite of metal printers. SLM is an ideal technology for processing materials with elevated melting temperatures and energy density, and capable of building complex metal components direct from 3D CAD data.

We are currently using the AM400 state-of-the-art metal printer which features the most recent system updates and high quality software, as well as low gas usage, class leading inert atmosphere and various protection systems to ensure top-notch print quality, precision and definition of end use products.

Key Features:

  • High detail, complex printing suitable for small metal parts
  • High level of precision and accuracy, that can be further enhanced with a series of post-processing

Laser Aided Additive Manufacturing (LAAM)

Our LAAM technology is being developed in conjunction with SIMTech and currently has one of the largest print beds available for metal printing. LAAM utilises a high-energy laser beam and advanced powder blowing technology to deposit and sinter metal powder into large mid complex parts. This game changing technology allows the production of high quality, large format, cost effective metal parts with first class mechanical properties, meeting and often exceeding the quality standards for traditionally manufactured parts.

This will allow sectors such as precision engineering, oil and gas, marine and offshore, and automotive industries to capitalise from the benefits from additive manufacturing technology.

Our new LAAM printer will be available for commercial deployment in Q3 of 2017.

Key Features:

  • Up to 3-4 times larger than the existing large powder bed printers available in the market
  • Super-fast deposition that is up to 10 times faster than current powder bed printers
  • Good for large-scale, mid-complex parts

Hybrid Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (H-WAAM)

Our H-WAAM technology is being developed in conjunction with SUTD’s Digital Manufacturing and Design Centre. With an integrated hybrid machining technology, the H-WAAM will be able to produce higher quality metal parts by machining between deposition layers to enhance the quality of the printing and produce a nearer net-shape part.

The H-WAAM technology is targeted at key industries such as marine, oil and gas, and manufacturing industries and it fulfils the industry gap for commercial 3D printing solutions for larger, simpler metal parts.

Key Features:

  • Significantly increase the maximum size of 3D printed metal parts to over 1.5m whilst increasing the deposition speed to over 1kg/hr
  • Reducing the cost by using a feed material that is 5 times cheaper than traditional metal powders.
  • Good for economical and large scale parts