Laser Metal Deposition Head Installs into CNC Machine Tools

The laser metal deposition (LMD) additive manufacturing head can be used to repair, clad or create metal parts.

Additive manufacturing company Formalloy has released its Formax metal deposition head. Using laser metal deposition (LMD) technology, the head can be integrated onto an existing machine or robot to repair, clad and create metal parts.

According to the company the Formax head offers a reliable design for minimal maintenance and downtime, and enables integration with robotic or production lines to print, clad and repair at a lower cost than purchasing a complete LMD system. Constructed of durable materials, the LMD head is said to stand up to abusive environments and crashes and is suitable for demanding applications.

 The head uses open standards for power supply, enabling users to provide their own powder feeders and powders.

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