3D Lab, Warsaw, Poland, has released its ATO Induction Melting System (IMS) module, an addition compatible with the company’s flagship ATO Lab Plus. The ATO Lab Plus is an ultrasonic atomiser utilised in the production of small to medium batches of metal powders. The IMS module expands the machine’s use for Additive Manufacturing by enabling the atomisation of alloys with lower melting points such as aluminium.
The module’s design accommodates materials in irregular forms in the crucible, enabling adaptability and versatility in metal powder production. The modular configuration of the ATO Lab Plus also enables optimal interactions with a myriad of input materials in various forms, as well as control over Particle Size Distribution.
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The IMS module is noted by 3D Lab for its flexibility and unique induction solution, enabling the use of irregularly shaped materials in crucible or in rod form using ATO’s standard rod feeders. This offers new options for users of previous ATO atomiser generations, broadening the range of input materials and enhancing atomisation efficiency. This expanded material spectrum also increases operational flexibility and efficiency in metal powder production.
Designed as more than just an add-on, the IMS module is an integrative part of the ATO Lab Plus machine and is fully compatible with all ATO atomisers, reinforcing 3D Lab’s commitment to modularity and adaptability. This compatibility allows users – both existing and new – to expand the functionality of their ATO Lab Plus seamlessly, tailoring their ATO setups to meet specific needs.
The IMS comes with a high-definition camera, providing real-time verification of the molten metal on the main ATO Lab Plus control panel screen and the IMS touch screen enables a user-friendly and precise control over the atomisation process.
The ATO Induction Melting System also allows for sustainable metal powder production by enabling a circular loop where metal powders can be created, used in the Additive Manufacturing process, and recycled to create metal powders again. This closed-loop process reduces waste, enhances resource efficiency, and contributes to the overall sustainability of metal powder production, addressing the environmental concerns inherent in manufacturing processes.