New Meltio Robot Cell offers large scale wire-laser DED 3D Printer Hardware

Meltio, a specialist in affordable wire-laser metal deposition additive manufacturing technology (Directed Energy Deposition, DED), launched the new Meltio Robot Cell, a turn key metal additive manufacturing solution featuring an industrial robotic arm and the recently launched slicing software Meltio Space. The new hardware fits within the Spanish company’s vision to offer a reliable solution for industries around the world, reducing costs and improving manufacturing processes. This new system allows standard metal 3D printing starting from a build plate in a factory as well as part repair or feature addition.

The Meltio Robot Cell is compatible with the open hardware platform that allows Meltio to integrate a metal 3D head into any brand of robotic arm. In this case the company is offering the Meltio Robot Cell as a fully integrated solution for a faster, better and standardized user experience.

The volume and work area defined in the Meltio Robot Cell workspace meets all manufacturing needs using industrial-level additive manufacturing technology to take full advantage of Meltio’s metal 3D printhead. It is able to manufacture parts in an industrial environment autonomously thanks to its monitoring and safety features. Robot and positioner are installed on a self-supporting platform, laser safe enclosure together with Meltio Engine, Meltio Space and accessories.

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Meltio Robot Cell is designed as  a plug&play system, with a single electrical power supply and a single inert gas supply. The environmental conditions are standard and this cell cannot be outdoors or unprotected from the sun and dust, it must be in a controlled environment. This solution allows the customer to receive a product ready to use for robotic metal 3D printing.

The machine is certified and tested to operate with an ABB robotic arm as standard configuration and is aimed at all industries. It is an evolution of the Meltio Engine Robot Integration as a base production model to enable industries to incorporate 3D printed parts manufacturing with the Meltio head integrated into a robot into their production systems.

As Meltio Engine Product Manager, Alejandro Nieto is excited about this new innovation: “Meltio’s main commitment with the launch of Meltio Robot Cell is to offer all types of industries the ability to manage the entire manufacturing process using our metal 3D printing technology consisting of a Meltio head integrated in a robotic arm and in a safe environment, in order to just produce parts. This new hardware system allows the customer to receive a ready to use cell for robotic metal 3D printing, removing the integration process and long assembly lead times. The Meltio Robot Cell has a specific area for every supply the cell requires on a daily basis, only connecting  to the inert gas and electric supply is enough to start manufacturing.

Meltio Robot Cell also provides the industrial customer with a working protocol. Relative to existing offerings in the market today, the Meltio Robot Cell is very competitively priced and its price is below 300,000 dollars ex works. The cost of the solution is also competitive when compared with thermoplastic and concrete 3d printing systems as seen in other sectors that demand 3D printing for structural parts. This cell has the possibility to be delivered with other robot brands on the market to be more responsive to customers in terms of availability and technical capability. Meltio Robot Cell is compatible with the open hardware platform that allows Meltio to integrate our metal 3D printing head on any brand of robotic arms”.

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Author: Davide Sher

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