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28th May 2019, Puchheim

More productivity for 3D printing with excelliSCAN 20

The new excelliSCAN 20 scan system. © Scanlab

The new excelliSCAN 20 scan system. © Scanlab  

Laser technology manufacturer Scanlab is extending its premium-segment product family with the excelliSCAN 20, a new scan system that targets exceptionally demanding applications, such as micromachining and additive manufacturing – 3D printing.

The excelliSCAN family’s well-known advantages – smart servo control technology, a universal tuning and optimized cooling – will be supplemented via the new scanner with its larger 20-millimeter aperture, the company explains.

The diverse demands of customers and applications are stretching laser processing’s technological boundaries ever further. In 3D printing, key criteria include performance and dynamics – i.e. maximally efficient processes with high throughput. And the micromachining field is expanding its application spectrum from classic drilling and structuring of large-area components all the way to functionalising surfaces, the manufacturer continues.

The new excelliSCAN 20 scan system has been designed to offer all excelliSCAN product family advantages: Innovative SCANahead servo control technology enables extra speed and precision; improved thermal management permits higher long-term stability, and digital encoder technology guarantees maximum positioning accuracy.

For 3D printing users, this larger-aperture system features a high-performance scan head with fast acceleration for exceptionally short acceleration periods. The notably higher dynamics raise productivity by shortening non-productive idle times, like jumps or changes of direction.

“With the excelliSCAN 20, we’re serving demand from customers who want to break through their previous processing limitations. Initial application tests have been very promising,” commented CEO Georg Hofner on the scan solution’s market launch.

The company serves a range of markets, including textiles, automotive, food and packaging, mechanical engineering and lightweight construction. The manufacturer offers laser sintering for rapid prototyping (additive manufacturing, 3D printing), quick product development, small-scale production and manufacturing composite components, laser processing of innovative lightweight materials for construction industry, such as carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFP), and more.

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