At Formnext 2023, ADDiTEC made a grand debut of its new Liquid Metal Jetting technology. This advanced drop-on-demand liquid metal printing process uses a sophisticated technology that was acquired after the acquisition of Elem Additive from Xerox earlier in the year. Alongside this new technology, the company also introduced its Hybrid 3 system, which combines Liquid Metal Jetting with Laser Directed Energy Deposition and CNC machining capabilities.
TCT had the chance to visit the ADDiTEC booth at Formnext to get a closer look at their new technology. Sriram Manoharan, R&D Program Manager at ADDiTEC, explained how the Liquid Metal Jetting technology works. He said that this technology involves welding wire into a crucible and using an induction heating mechanism to melt the wire. Electromagnetic forces are then used to generate pulses that create droplets of liquid metal. This process results in high-resolution parts that can be produced quickly and accurately.
Manoharan also highlighted the advantages of combining this technology with their Laser Wire DED technology and CNC machining capabilities. He explained that while Laser Wire DED is great for high deposition rates, it can also be used for infills with high resolution. Then, liquid metal jetting can be used for perimeters with high precision and accuracy. Additionally, CNC operations can be used for surface finishing, providing an extra layer of quality control and attention to detail.