Sodick Announces New In-Process Correction Technology for Hybrid Metal 3D Printer

Schaumburg, IL – Machine Tool Manufacturer, Sodick, has announced the development of a new In-Process Correction System for their additive manufacturing platform, the OPM Metal 3D Printer. Using a CCD camera installed within the machine, Sodick’s In-Process system aligns the OPM’s 500W fiber laser and 45,000 RPM spindle, and automatically corrects their positions and performs realignments when they become due in the maintenance cycle. Through use of this interior CCD camera, the precision of both the laser sintering and the milling process are significantly increased. In addition to reducing the frequency of maintenance required by the OPM, this correction system ensures greater process accuracy. The improved accuracy of the machine further makes it possible to program a smaller offset, ultimately reducing the amount of machining time required by up to 25%. Sodick’s In-Process system thus makes it possible for customers to produce parts faster and more reliably, with less frequent maintenance. These far-reaching, productivity-oriented upgrades can be appreciated by nearly any OPM user, regardless of their application.

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