Blok Group, a dutch company that specializes in Engineering, Prototyping, Production, Assembly, Industrial services, Project & Supply Chain Management and 3D printing, is investing in two new laser melting systems from Concept Laser.
They include the X line 2000R system, (the first system of this scale in the Netherlands) which combines the largest build envelope currently available with the latest multilaser technology for reactive materials. With a build envelope of 800x400x500 mm3, the X line 2000R currently offers the largest build envelope for laser melting metals and utilizes a dual laser system based on two 1,000 watt lasers. In addition, its sieving station (which incorporates a scaled-down particle container) uses a quiet vibrating sieve instead of a tumbler sieve.
"Speed and volume are important requirements for high-quality, economical production. The benefits offered by the X line 2000R can also be seen clearly when compared with competing systems: It offers almost three to four times the build volume. Overall, the 2nd build module gives us high availability, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for additive manufacturing." Erik Blok, CEO of the Blok Group
In addition, a new M2 cusing supplements their manufacturing range in the medium-sized system segment. The M2 has been redesigned, with the laser and filter are fully integrated into the system. The surface area of the filter has also been increased fivefold and this system is now fitted as standard with a water-submersible filter (for increased safety when changing filters.) This system will be used for building medium-sized 3D geometries, positioning Blok as a comprehensive service provider for laser melting metals in the Netherlands.
The Blok Group produces high quality components for the Aerospace industry, meaning that their development and manufacturing processes have to comply with the AS 9100 C Aviation Standards, developed by the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG). The Concept Laser systems provide valid data during the build process, ensuring quality and standards throughout.
Installation of the new systems starts in August 2015 with the M2 cusing, followed by the X line 2000R in Q1 of 2016.