This week, Italian manufacturing company Prima Industrie hosted the second edition of the international Innovation Days event at its new and state-of-the-art Advanced Laser Center. The two-day event, dedicated to advances in additive manufacturing and sheet metal processing, welcomed over 300 guests, including customers and representatives from universities and research centers.
New Advanced Laser Center
One of the highlights of the event was the inauguration of the new Advanced Laser Center at Prima Industrie’s base in Collegno, Italy. The 4,000-square-meter facility will be used to develop advanced laser production systems and is part of the company’s larger effort to renew its premises in the Torino area.
The expansive site, which was built to the latest sustainable building codes (including geothermal systems and solar panels), is accompanied by other new facilities, including a new HQ and Tech Center, which are expected to be complete within the next year. According to Prima Industrie, the total investment in the new site is about 25 million euros and is part of its vision to geographically consolidate its operations to offer a better, more efficient customer experience.
Print Genius 250
Held on October 22 and 23, Innovation Days 2019 showcased a range of new additive manufacturing systems and metal components by Prima Additive.
One of the new systems presented was the Print Genius 250, a PBF system with a build volume of 262 x 262 x 350 mm. Built for the fabrication of medium-sized components, the Print Genius 250 integrates dual 500 W single-mode lasers, which enable faster print times for metal components.
The system also integrates optimized gas flow and enables users to complete material changes in under two hours. The Print Genius 250 is equipped with a 2-line filter unit to recirculate gas within the build space, keeping the build area clean. Users can also monitor the build environment, build plate, dispenser and recoated using a new HMI system.
The new PBF system by Prima Industrie is compatible with a range of metals, including stainless steel, maraging steel, Inconel, titanium, cobalt-chromium, aluminum alloys, copper alloys and high strength steel.
Prima Additive also demonstrated its Print Sharp 250 at the event, a PBF 3D printer with a Convergent CS450 proprietary laser and a build volume of 250 x 250 x 300 mm.
Laserdyne 430 DED
The event also highlighted direct energy deposition systems, including the Laserdyne 430, a precision 3D printer with a large build volume of 585 x 400 x 500 mm and print speeds of up to 50 cm3/h.
Notably, the system integrates an Advanced Head, a multi-purpose and modular DED laser head that can be mounted in various configurations to adapt to multiple laser processes. Compatible with all of Prima Industrie’s laser metal deposition systems, the Advanced Head allows for fusion pool monitoring and reduces the risk of powder adhesion during the AM process. The head is also designed for easy maintenance and rapid powder and laser alignment.