TruPrint 1000 LMF 3D Printer

December 29, 2015

Trumpf has added another type of metal 3D printing technology to its portfolio.

The new TruPrint 1000 LMF 3D printer works like a selective laser melting 3D printer, using a powder bed process to build 3D parts by laying down a thin layer of metal powder materials onto the build surface while a 200-watt laser fuses the layer of powder along the contour of the part being printed. The technology is capable of fabricating objects with extremely complex geometries not possible with traditional metal manufacturing processes, including objects with internal channels and hollow spaces. The TruPrint 1000 is designed for manufacturing jewelry, dental applications and for materials research. It has a build volume of only 100mm in diameter and 100 m tall, making it one of the smallest available metal printers.

It joins the LMD. In addition to its new LMF metal 3D printer, Trumpf has also introduced new optimized versions of their LMD, blown-powder technology that Trumpf introduced nearly 15 years ago, to expand its capabilities and speed up the 3D fabrication process.

The additive manufacturing systems are faster than ever before, offer more customization options and can work with a wider range of materials. The improved versions of LMD can deposit material at rates as much as 500 cubic centimeters per hour, and be used to construct entirely new objects, or even to repair or build on top of existing parts.

They are reportedly some of the most advanced metal 3D printing technologies available. Both the LMF and LMD technologies are rapidly growing in popularity with businesses and industries that need robust metal 3D printing for rapid prototyping or the manufacturing of low-volume metal parts. All of their technology has been optimized for industrial applications and can be customized for the needs of their individual clients. They will be offering rugged and highly productive machinery for small and medium-sized parts incorporating complex structures, such as injection nozzles, turbine blades, tools or even medical implants.

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