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Metal additive manufacturing specialist Fabrisonic has unveiled its latest incarnation of its SonicLayer line of 3D printers to include a fourth-axis.
The all-new SonicLayer 4000 and 7200 machines incorporate the company's patented, award-winning UAM (ultrasonic additive manufacturing) technology to merge layers of metal to build solid, precise structures.
The company is performing final construction of a new Sonic Layer 4000R, which has an additional rotary axis designed to position a cylindrical part under the welding system. This new rotary module enables the 3D printing of metal features on the OD of a shaft, cylinder or pipe.
Fabrisonic's SonicLayer 4000R has a 3-axis CNC milling part with bed dimensions of 40" x 24" and a 25HP 8000 RPM spindle for machining any metal part. It utilises the Fabrisonic-patented 9kW UAM welding head to additively manufacture solid metal parts. In addition 3D printing metals in a traditional planar approach, the R version allows for welding on a cylinder. This is utilised for applications such as cladding expensive metals on to inexpensive substrates, adding intermittent stiffeners to pressure vessels and adding 3D features to standard bar stock.
CEO of Fabrisonic Mark Norfolk said: "Ultrasonic additive manufacturing is changing the way that we produce parts. The new rotary module fills a technology gap brought to our attention by many of our current customers."