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Mitsubishi Electric to Launch Two New Digital Wire-laser Metal 3D Printers on 1st of March

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The AZ600 Wire-laser metal 3D printer
Above: The AZ600 Wire-laser metal 3D printer/Image Source: Mitsubishi Electric

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, a premier Japanese multinational electronics and electrical equipment manufacturing company, announced that it is launching two new wire-laser metal 3D printers on March 1st. The AZ600, as they will be called, will have two variants namely the AZ600-F20 and AZ600-F40.

The AZ600 machines will use metal wire as feedstock melted by laser beam to be deposited onto a build platform to create high-quality 3D structures.

To solve the problems with powder-based printers, Mitsubishi Electric is now launching the AZ600, a world’s first wire-laser metal 3D printer that combines simultaneous 5-axis spatial control and digital additive-manufacturing technology that precisely and cooperatively controls processing conditions.

Mitsubishi Wire-laser Metal 3D Printers

Product nameOscillatorRelease Date
Wire-laser metal 3D printerAZ600-F202kWMarch 1st
Wire-laser metal 3D printerAZ600-F404kWMarch 1st
Above: Table of product overview/Source: Mitsubishi Electric

According to an internal market research conducted by Mitsubishi Electric (dated February 24, 2022), the combination of additive manufacturing with 5-axis spatial control and coordinated control of machining conditions is a world’s first such combination. This unique combination is able to deliver stable and high-quality 3D printing outcome.

With the recent emphasis on achieving sustainability goals, there is a growing need to reduce CO2 emissions in the metalworking manufacturing industry. This has stimulated an increase in demand for more efficient metalworking methods that reduce energy consumption and conserve finite natural resources in recent years. Metal 3D printers, in particular, are expected to see an increased demand.

But metal 3D printers that use powder-based feedstock have material management, workability, and safety issues, necessitating the development of a new additive manufacturing process.

Mitsubishi’s technology contributes to decarbonized manufacturing by reducing energy consumption, saving resources by shortening processing time and employing highly efficient production methods such as ‘near-net-shape,’ and assisting in the build-up of repairs for the maintenance of specialist parts for automobiles, ships, and aircraft.

The AZ600 wire-laser metal 3D printers enable high-quality, high-precision 3D printing and contributes to environmentally conscious manufacturing by reducing energy consumption and waste.

Mitsubishi Electric also plans to offer 3D printing services including product design consultation, prototyping and general advice about the application of 3D metal printing using their new technology.

The AZ600 wire-laser metal 3D printers will be on display at the “Additive Manufacturing Expo” at Tokyo Big Sight from March 16th to 18th.


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