At Formnext 2023, ADDiTEC debuted its Liquid Metal Jetting technology, which was acquired through the acquisition of Elem Additive from Xerox earlier in the year. The new Hybrid 3 system showcased this technology and also included Laser Directed Energy Deposition (LDED) and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining capabilities.
TCT visited the ADDiTEC booth to examine the technology more closely. Sriram Manoharan, R&D Program Manager at ADDiTEC, explained that the Liquid Metal Jetting process involves welding wire into a crucible with an induction heating mechanism to melt the wire. Electromagnetic forces then generate a pulse, which produces droplets. This process offers high-resolution parts.
Manoharan also discussed the benefits of the Laser Directed Energy Deposition technology, which provides high deposition rates. He mentioned that combining these two technologies offers two key advantages. Firstly, it provides a geometric advantage, allowing for high-deposition infills with LDED and high-resolution perimeters with liquid metal jetting. Additionally, a CNC operation can be used for surface finishing.