The specially-commissioned laser metal deposition (LMD) machine is the only one of its kind in the world and includes 50 micron nozzle positioning accuracy across its entire 4m x 2m x1.5m work envelope.
The system is equipped with 7 axis, a Renishaw touch probe, a dual core LLK and disc laser giving automatic spot size adjustment from 0.7 to 7mm, and offering unparalleled nozzle precision and accuracy and part referencing / scanning.
The system has expanded TWI’s capabilities for our world-leading LMD research and certification facility. The system has helped broaden TWI’s ability for large-scale repair and additive manufacture / 3D printing of parts for industry, including within the aerospace sector.
Anyone who wishes to find out more about the machine can visit the TWI Technology Centre Yorkshire, see the machine in action and talk to our experienced team of operators at the TWI AM Symposium on November 26th. As well as getting a chance to see the Trumpf 7040 system, there will be a chance to see out other laser cladding systems at the free event.
TWI is also looking forward to updating industry on bringing another laser cladding first to the UK in November/December.
In the meantime, you can see a timelapse video of the Trumpf system installation here.