CCAT’s Advanced Manufacturing Center had a lot of visitors this past week, including those from H&T Battery, University of Hartford’s College of Engineering, Technology and Architecture, as well as the University of Alaska. Led by AMC Director Don Balducci, AMC Manager Wayne Sumple, and Additive Manufacturing Research and Applications Senior Engineer Jeff Crandall, the visitors toured the facility and saw demonstrations for some of our newest equipment, including the DMG LASERTEC 65 3D hybrid 5-axis milling machine and GOM ATOS Triple Scanner with 5108 ScanBox.
The ATOS ScanBox is a complete optical 3D measuring machine that was developed by GOM for an efficient quality control in the production and manufacturing process. The ATOS sensors provide full-field 3D coordinates for each individual measurement, up to 16 million independent measuring points are captured within 1 to 2 seconds. The measuring data is characterized by very high detailed reproduction, thus also enabling very small component features to be measured.
The DMG LASERTEC 65 3D 5-axis milling machine is integrated with additive manufacturing. The process uses laser deposition technology by powder nozzle, which is up to 10-times faster than with the selective laser sintering powder bed process. By combining both, additive manufacturing via powder nozzle and the traditional cutting method in one machine, totally new applications and geometries are possible, especially large workpieces with high stock removal volumes which are now possible to be machined in an economical way.