Maximum Speed in Three Dimensions

The 3DMD process used by Ponticon was initially developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT and the RWTH Aachen University Chair Digital Additive Production DAP. Based on Ponticon's further developments, 3DMD technology now enables additive manufacturing, coating and repair of complex metal components at unprecedented productivity, precision and flexibility.

Designed for maximum stiffness and dynamics, Ponticon's manufacturing systems enable feed rates of up to 200 m/min along all three directions and axes in space. Thus, complex components can be coated, additively manufactured and repaired with high productivity, maximum precision and a wide variety of materials.

Process principle

3DMD Dynamic Material Deposition

The designation of the process originates from the high speeds at which the nozzle used for powder feed moves relative to the workpiece. Contrary to the conventional method of laser-based Directed Energy Deposition, the metal powder is already molten above the surface of the workpiece. At the same time, a defined proportion of the laser beam creates a homogeneous melting zone on the surface of the workpiece. Hence, the penetration depth of the heat-affected zone is limited to only a few micrometers. The melted powder hits the surface of the workpiece and metallurgically bonds to the previous layer.

Demonstration of 3DMD

The 3DMD process is available for coating, additive manufacturing and repair applications of metal components. The videos from our application lab show our systems operating at highest dynamics and feed rates to resolve an unprecedented range of manufacturing challenges. Contact us for a live demo of 3DMD!