Concept Laser GmbH, which was founded in 2000 by Frank Herzog, is one of the world’s leading providers of machine and plant technology for the 3D printing of metal components. The patented LaserCUSING® process – powder bed-based-laser melting of metals – opens up new freedoms when it comes to configuring components and also permits the tool-free, economic fabrication of highly complex parts in fairly small batch sizes.
The company’s customers come from many different sectors of industry, for example medical and dental technology, the aerospace industry, toolmaking and mould construction, the automotive industry and the watch and jewellery industry. Concept Laser’s 3D metal printers process, among other materials, powder materials of stainless steel and hot-work steels, aluminium and titanium alloys and – for jewellery making – precious metals.
Concept Laser GmbH has been involved in many areas of the AMAZE project. One topic was the successful automation of powder flow, refill, recycling and storage in the LaserCUSING® machine X LINE 1000R. Another area of work was process monitoring and studies on real time melt pool monitoring, which was successfully implemented into the additive manufacturing process to capture anomalies during the process. Furthermore, Concept Laser worked on the process development of AlSi10Mg with a high power laser and an improvement was achieved with up to 3% improvement in the density of the parts and a total density of 99.5 %. In 2013, the build rate of big parts was around 40 cm³/h. With a new set of parameters developed within the AMAZE project, the build rate was increased by 50% to approximately 60 cm³/h.