Infrared Heat for Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing

Homogeneous and efficient infrared heating technology for 3D printing systems

In additive manufacturing, a thin layer of powdery material is distributed on a construction platform inside an industrial 3D printer. Usually, a laser beam fuses together the outline, layer by layer, on the basis of pre-configured construction data.This makes it possible to manufacture any form that can be built using a 3D CAD program. Expectations are increasing in terms of quality and efficiency.

The preheating of the powder bed is a key step – and is performed using infrared emitters.

Alongside the type of powder material used, heat distribution within the chamber is another crucial factor. Heraeus offers infrared lamps that can be precisely tailored to the material – in terms of power, form, and wavelength.

  • Simulation-based adjustment of the pre-heating process
  • Use of the entire assembly space
  • Optimization of temperature in assembly space
  • Constant machine conditions due to the possibility of targeting radiation zones
CAE simulations optimize heat processes

Thanks to CAE simulation, Heraeus is able to determine the optimum heat distribution for customer-specific manufacturing systems. Tools are being used to investigate temperature distribution in substrates, components and assemblies from the perspective of thermal management. CAE features wide-ranging computational capabilities to localize potential sources of quality fluctuations.

Getting a specialist involved at an early stage of the product development process is sure to pay off.

The experts from Heraeus Noblelight will be delighted to show you how you can streamline your processes using infrared emiters and CAE simulation.

Just talk to us!

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