Trumpf presented what it says is the world’s fastest and most productive medium-format 3D printing system at the formnext trade fair in Frankfurt.
TruPrint 5000 works according to a so-called multi-laser principle with three beam sources and is equipped with optics specially designed by Trumpf. In combination with the exposure strategies developed by Trumpf and the optimally adjusted process parameters, the TruPrint 5000 cuts exposure time per job by a factor of three. Based on Laser Metal Fusion (LMF) manufacturing technology, the system uses laser power to generate complex metallic components layer by layer in the powder bed.
Says Peter Leibinger, chief technology officer at Trumpf: “All our new 3D printers are selling well, and we’re gaining increasing market shares in various sectors. Accordingly, we will most definitely be further investing in this highly promising field.”
Trumpf now employs over 200 people in the field of additive manufacturing. It is also one of the few manufacturers to offer the second manufacturing technique relevant for industrial 3D metal printing in addition to LMF – namely, Laser Metal Deposition (LMD).
“If the market for 3D printers continues to develop in line with current indications, then we see an opportunity for our company to achieve additional revenues of half a billion euros in a timescale of five to seven years. We want to gain a leading role in the market and secure a market share of around 20 per cent in the medium term,” adds Leibinger.
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