Sintavia Relies on Concept Laser for 3D Process Monitoring in Real-Time for Metal Additive Manufacturing

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Sintavia chooses the Concept Laser M2 cusing 3D metal printer and its Quality Monitoring (QM) module for meltpool monitoring

The M2 cusing machine by Concept Laser manufactures fully dense metal parts in both reactive and non-reactive metal powder.

Adding Concept Laser’s technology to our existing portfolio enhances our ability to offer customers meaningful data about how their metal componentry is being built.

Sintavia, LLC, a leading developer of 3D metal printing solutions for the Aerospace and Defense and other critical industries, announced today that it has acquired a Concept Laser M2 cusing 3D metal printer along with the related Quality Monitoring module for meltpool monitoring. QM Meltpool 3D provides the necessary data insight to determine potential defects in the build process. The solution offers position-related real-time monitoring and 3D visualization for easy analysis and was the recipient of the International Additive Manufacturing Award (IAMA) for 2016.

QM Meltpool 3D will run on Sintavia’s M2 cusing machine. With the acquisition of their M2 cusing metal system, Sintavia will add valuable metal additive capacity to their 10,000 square foot facility. The investment of over $12 million dollars in manufacturing technologies since the beginning of 2015 has enabled Sintavia to offer a true end-to-end services portfolio that includes design, production, and evaluation. Including technology from Concept Laser, Sintavia’s technical capabilities will include the following:

  • Material selection: A complete in-house metallurgical lab with for powder analysis, alloy development, and material characterization assessment
  • Part production: Manufacturing of the part either additively on the Concept Laser M2 cusing or with traditional manufacturing on their 3-axis CNC mill; QM Meltpool 3D will play an integral role in monitoring how a part is produced and if it meets a customer’s specifications
  • Test and measurement: Including in-house fatigue testing, and Optical Emission Spectrometer (OES) hardness measurement
  • Post-processing: In-house Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) machine and vacuum heat furnace with rapid quenching.
  • Evaluation: In-house CT scanning to correlate data from the meltpool monitoring

“Quality assurance is a principal concern to Aerospace and Defense organizations. Adding Concept Laser’s technology to our existing portfolio enhances our ability to offer customers meaningful data about how their metal componentry is being built. Along with data produced from the in-house CT scanner, we will be able to offer multiple ways to measure critical data and be an even better parameter developer—and ultimately serial manufacturer—to our customers,” says Doug Hedges, President of Sintavia. “Adding the QM module for meltpool monitoring is a critical component of Sintavia’s position as the global independent leader for these services.”

“Sintavia’s portfolio of capabilities may even exceed what a Tier 1 OEM has in-house. It’s rare for a service provider to have such technical depth. Their manufacturing expertise, combined with consistent, repeatable processes brings tremendous value to Aerospace and Defense organizations,” says John Murray, President and CEO of Concept Laser Inc.

Concept Laser 3D metal machines can use a variety of alloys and builds components layer by layer from metal powder. The metal powder is melted entirely to provide a fully dense, homogenous structure. For this very reason, it is possible to design internal features and passages that could not be cast or otherwise machined.

ABOUT SINTAVIA
Founded in 2012, Sintavia is a provider of metal additive manufacturing solutions primarily for the global Aerospace & Defense (A&D) industry. The company is committed to quality serial production of metal parts that meet or exceed the exacting standards of the A&D industry, and its customer base includes A&D OEMs and Tier One suppliers. Sintavia is able to maintain consistent quality and demonstrate repeatable design metrics. In addition, the company is a leader in the independent development of powder bed fused material. Visit http://www.sintavia.com to learn more.

ABOUT CONCEPT LASER

Concept Laser GmbH is one of the world’s leading provider of machine and plant technology for the 3D printing of metal components. Founded by Frank Herzog in 2000, the patented LaserCUSING® process – powder-bed-based laser melting of metals – opens up new freedom to configuring components and also permits the tool-free, economic fabrication of highly complex parts in fairly small batch sizes.

Concept Laser serves various industries, ranging from medical, dental, aerospace, toolmaking and mold construction, automotive and jewelry. Concept Laser machines are compatible with a diverse set of powder materials, such as stainless steel and hot-work steels, aluminum and titanium alloys, as well as precious metals for jewelry and dental applications.

Concept Laser Inc. is headquartered in Grapevine, Texas and is a US-based wholly owned subsidiary of Concept Laser GmbH. For more information, visit our website at http://www.conceptlaserinc.com

LaserCUSING® is a registered trademark of Concept Laser.

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