Laser cladding is a technique in which metallic granulate fuses energy onto the substrate by means of a laser source. The technology is not new but is gaining interest. LCV develops laser cladding for both volume coating applications and for 3D printing of metallic parts.

Laser cladding coatings are characterized by low dilution and a complete dense and fine metallographic structure.

Qualitative properties of laser cladding coatings are generally good to very good. For example, the corrosion-protective LCV-CorroSlide layers withstand the 1000-hour salt spray tests with a class 10 rating. Inherently, laser cladding also has good wear resistance; first of all, it is not a mechanical or chemical bond, but a complete metallic bond. With mono-alloys, the fine metallurgical structure provides extra hardness. In the case of carbide composites, the rapid cooling of the melt bath prevents further dispersion of the ceramic component. Wear is difficult to predict because it depends on many factor...
Laser cladding is a technique in which metallic granulate fuses energy onto the substrate by means of a laser source. The technology is not new but is gaining interest. LCV develops laser cladding for both volume coating applications and for 3D printing of metallic parts.

Laser cladding coatings are characterized by low dilution and a complete dense and fine metallographic structure.

Qualitative properties of laser cladding coatings are generally good to very good. For example, the corrosion-protective LCV-CorroSlide layers withstand the 1000-hour salt spray tests with a class 10 rating. Inherently, laser cladding also has good wear resistance; first of all, it is not a mechanical or chemical bond, but a complete metallic bond. With mono-alloys, the fine metallurgical structure provides extra hardness. In the case of carbide composites, the rapid cooling of the melt bath prevents further dispersion of the ceramic component. Wear is difficult to predict because it depends on many factors. Lab testing often predicts a factor 2 to 4 longer life compared to welded or flame sprayed coatings and these results are often confirmed in field testing.
The cost drivers are the programming, the material, the machine time and the post-processing. With regard to programming, LCV takes the necessary shortcuts so that there is no essential distinction here with manual welding. The machine time depends on the productivity. LCV is making spectacular progress with developments such as high-speed and high-yield laser cladding. The controlled and fine weld bead also makes it possible to minimize the excess or grinding allowance, which in turn will benefit the total cost.

Applications are mainly known within the recovery market, but LCV also focuses on volume productions. For example, with the HydraClad coatings, LCV offers a qualitatively and economically advantageous solution for the protection of hydraulic rods. LCV also serves the process industry and there are numerous applications for wear parts ranging from plow blades for the agricultural sector to tools for the plastic and metal industry. Laser cladding is also a fixed value in the energy sector, for example for protecting turbine components.

3D Printing is nothing more than layered application of material and this is also possible with laser cladding. With regard to 3D printing by means of laser cladding, it is generally referred to as "Laser Metal Deposition" or "LMD".
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I have had the pleasure to work with Tom over the past few years. His passion for Additive Manufacturing is truly inspiring. Tom believes in the novel Direct Energy Deposition (DED) technology and its potential. He has been an ambassador for it since it emerged in its very early stage for industrial applications. He and his team at Laser Cladding Venture (LCV) are applying Additive Manufacturing to repair various parts ranging from parts with simple to highly complex geometries. At LCV they also create innovative large-scale designs and push the boundaries of DED processes.
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