May 1, 2017 | By Julia

US Directed Energy Deposition (DED) provider BeAM Machines Inc. is gearing up for the launch of its new 3D printer, the Modulo 5-axis DED machine. Established earlier this year as the American subsidiary of BeAM Machines SAS, the up-and-coming DED specialist will begin taking pre-orders for the new Modulo 3D printer at this year’s RAPID + TCT event in Pittsburgh.

As advertised in a BeAM Machines news release, integration, compactness, and portability are some of the main selling-points of the new Modulo. Whereas current DED systems typically position the required secondary equipment (such as the laser, chiller, and fume extractor) outside the printer envelope, resulting in a considerable amount of floor space, the new Modulo takes a different approach.

“The BeAM Modulo fully integrates all required peripherals into the machine cabinet, significantly reducing the total required floor space,” says Tim Bell, General Manager of BeAM Machines, Inc. The largely integrated peripherals make the Modulo truly a unique industrial DED solution for additive manufacturing, says Bell.

“Due to the machine’s portability and compact footprint, it easily fits inside a shipping container or traditional box truck, enabling ease of transportation and operation in remote locations such as offshore oil rigs and military conflict zones,” Bell notes.

Clearly moving forward with a “go big or go home” mentality, time will tell how the Modulo’s operations will actually play out in military conflict zones and offshore oil rigs. It certainly looks good that BeAM Machines will be offering its new DED system with a standard suite of options: a 2kW fiber laser, fully controlled inert atmosphere system, multiple deposition heads, touch trigger probe, and a light duty milling spindle for dry machining, will all be standard features in the Modulo.

An easy startup process is another promising trait in the new machine. BeAM Machines confirms that once the Modulo is set up and in its desired position, only an electrical connection and supply of inert gas is required. The company also offers training to interested AM (Additive Manufacturing) technicians to sweeten the deal.

For everyone keen to get some more info about this new DED solution, BeAM Machines has announced they will be present, and happy to answer any and all questions, at the fast-approaching RAPID + TCT event in Pittsburgh. Running this year from May 8th to 11th, the world famous 3D manufacturing convention will also serve as an opportunity to place pre-orders for the new Modulo. You can find BeAM Machines at booth number 1937.  



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