How Can You Achieve Higher Productivity in L-PBF?
Updated: Jun 9
"𝘕𝘦𝘹𝘵 𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘱𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘰𝘯 𝘢 𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘦𝘳 𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘥 𝘧𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘮𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘦."
Increase Number of Lasers
More lasers increase the investment in your machine and do not reduce your cost per part in a first step. The machine concept has to be robust so that a machine availability higher 80% can be achieved. If you guarantee a high availability, you will increase your level of productivity.
Increase Laser Power
Not suitable for all materials. Higher laser power is suitable for e.g. Aluminium, so that build rates can be increased. Other materials such as steel alloys do not can be processed so easily by increasing laser power.
Change Laser Profile or Type of Laser
You will detect a material dependency. This step cannot be applied to all materials, so purchasing a machine would require attention to the future use case.
Qualify Software Features
One of the most powerful tools to increase productivity. I can already see a trend towards trying to increase the capabilities of the machines through smart software features. Enabling additional software features is the way to achieve even more productivity in the future.
From my point of view, today is a tendency in the direction of selecting a machine based on product and material. Next step would be the assessment of a machine based on the potential to increase productivity even further and reduce cost per part.
What do you think?