Powder Nozzle Enables Fast Modification of Molds

O.R. Lasertechnologie GmbH has developed an automated powder nozzle for existing laser welding systems that enables use of direct metal deposition (DMD) instead of manual laser cladding for modifying and repairing injection molds and dies.

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O.R. Lasertechnologie GmbH has developed an automated powder nozzle for existing laser welding systems that enables use of direct metal deposition (DMD) instead of manual laser cladding for modifying and repairing injection molds and dies.

Unlike conventional laser cladding, which usually requires a welder to feed filler wire almost entirely by hand, the automated DMD nozzle coaxially feeds metal powder into the laser beam and onto an existing surface. It can be used on three-dimensional surfaces and lends itself to a range of uses, including enhancing surfaces; modifying shapes; and restoring damaged forming, punching and injection molding tools and dies.

The nozzle is available as an add-on for existing AM-capable laser cladding systems and can be programmed with the Orlas Suite CAD/CAM software.