Meltio makes metal 3D printing easy with Horizon software and laser calibration system –

Spanish multinational manufacturer of laser metal deposition (LMD) Meltiowhich started in 2019 as joint venture between Additec and Sicnovastrives to be the pioneer in the development of affordable, safe and reliable metal 3D printers, and its latest solutions will help the company in its mission by facilitating the use of its unique Wire-Laser AM technology. The new Meltio Horizon software and laser calibration system are expected to create more accurate 3D printed parts, help engineers in their additive workflow, and remove barriers that prevent the adoption of metal additive manufacturing in industrial sectors global.

“We developed the Meltio Horizon software and laser calibration system with the goal of making it easier to use Meltio’s metal 3D printing technology for industries around the world,” said Meltio CEO Ángel Llavero . “It should be noted that metal additive manufacturing has historically been associated with complex and expensive software, limited to the use of very few people because it is very specialized. At Meltio, with the launch of our new software, we are making it easier for you and shortening the learning curve to democratize metal 3D printing so that your software is accessible and easy to use for many different profiles within a company. . The Laser Calibration System will offer industrial companies a new tool to be able to work with guaranteed reliability in the creation of their metal parts.

So far, plug-and-play users Meltio M450 The LMD printer had to make do with third-party FFF slicers to create toolpaths. The new proprietary Meltio Horizon is a toolpath generation software solution that offers custom print and material profiles and unique features to give M450 users a more personalized experience. All parameters related to AM materials are in the software, making it easy by giving users full control and a single profile. Additionally, users can create more specialized print profiles, as they can directly control the hot wire and laser on what Meltio calls a “per feature” basis, instead of being set for the entire part. .

This new software solution offers traditional slicing settings used in other FFF software, including print speed, support materials, line width, and layer height, as well as material-specific settings such as laser power and hot and dual wire settings. Only parameters relevant to Meltio’s laser wire metal additive manufacturing process are available, with explanations provided for specific parameters to make it easy to get started, and Meltio Horizon also makes it easy to set up and calculate cost per part.

Additional Meltio Horizon features include:

  • automatic updates and periodic releases of new materials and print profiles
  • 2D and 3D previews of the toolpath
  • ability to configure gas source and cost directly in the software
  • combined material profile
  • custom plates and workspaces
  • storage and sharing of the complete project file (model file, workspace, build plate, gas and material profiles)

Currently, the Meltio Horizon slicer is only compatible with the M450, although the company is working to expand its open software ecosystem partnerships to generate 5-axis G-codes for use with the Meltio engine for CNC and Robot integration.

In a further effort to improve the user experience, Meltio has also launched a Laser Calibration System kit to make its printers more reliable and easier to use. The company’s technology uses six lasers, all of which are aimed at a common point in order to melt the welding wire feedstock fed from the deposition head; as a result, the weld beads are stacked on top of each other in a precise manner. It is crucial that the lasers are exactly aligned so that they hit the exact point where the energy is focused, otherwise defects can occur on 3D printed parts. Meltio’s new laser calibration system allows users to easily and accurately calibrate the multi-laser deposition head for its three metal AM solutions.

The accessory kit, delivered in a protective case, includes a laser alignment camera, a handheld camera controller and special software compatible with all Meltio systems to filter the camera image and guide the lasers to focus on the right point. The camera is placed under the print head to give users a clear view of the lasers focal point and helps cut calibration time in half. The laser calibration system also tracks the calibration process, allowing you to retrace your steps when needed, and enables laser calibration repeatability to ensure the same level of quality for every print.

It is possible to manually align the lasers for 3D printing, but this requires a very experienced operator. Meltio claims that its new laser calibration system is much more consistent in aligning lasers and is “a major step up from the current state of general metal additive manufacturing (AM) solutions.” You can learn more about the company’s new laser calibration system and Horizon slicer software at shapenext 2022 in Frankfurt next week; Meltio can be found at stand C101 in hall 12.