Large-format additive manufacturing
Thermwood presents its Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) system, designed to quickly fabricate large fiber-reinforced polymer structures for a variety of applications.
In this Digital Demo, CNC and machinery specialist Thermwood (Dale, Ind., U.S.) outlines the features and benefits of its Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) system to produce net shape and near-net shape tools, molds and parts for applications ranging from marine to defense to aerospace.
The Digital Demo includes a review of non-proprietary programs and projects in which LSAM was used to fabricate a fairing tool, an oil pan mold, structures for an autonomous bus, a helicopter blade mold, a boat hull master plug and more. Information is provided on the flagship machine, LSAM 1020, a high-wall machine available in a variety of size configurations.
You will also learn about LSAM MT, a lower-cost model that features a moving table, and LSAM 1010, another high-wall system. Thermwood product manager Scott Vaal also explains the resin heating and extrusion technology, called MeltCore, employed by in all LSAMs and summarizes how LSAM provides a consistent bead during material laydown.
Vaal also walks through the use a capabilities LSAM’s control system, resin drying technology, and the LSAM Print 3D slicing software. Finally, this Digital Demo summarizes the 5-axis finishing capabilities of LSAM, with a review of tools, tool changing, and segregation of machining processes from additive manufacturing processes.
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