At Formnext 2023, ADDiTEC showcased its Liquid Metal Jetting technology for the first time after acquiring Elem Additive from Xerox earlier in the year. The technology utilizes a drop-on-demand liquid metal printing process and is featured in the company’s new Hybrid 3 system, which was launched at the show. This system also includes Laser Directed Energy Deposition (LEDD) technology and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining.
During the event, TCT visited the ADDiTEC booth to examine the technology more closely. R&D Program Manager at ADDiTEC Sriram Manoharan explained that the Liquid Metal Jetting process involves welding wire into a crucible with an induction heating mechanism to melt the wire. Electromagnetic forces then generate a pulse, which produces droplets. This process offers the advantage of high-resolution parts. He also discussed the benefits of LEDD technology, which provides high deposition rates.
Manoharan mentioned that combining these two technologies offers two key advantages. First, it provides a geometric advantage, allowing for high-deposition infills with LEDD and high-resolution perimeters with Liquid Metal Jetting. Additionally, a CNC operation can be used for surface finishing.