From left to right: Jan Floor van Egmond, director of Blok’s sales partner, Landré, and Erik Blok, CEO of the Blok Group.
From left to right: Jan Floor van Egmond, director of Blok’s sales partner, Landré, and Erik Blok, CEO of the Blok Group.

The Blok Group, a Dutch manufacturer of aerospace prototypes and parts, has invested in two laser melting additive manufacturing (AM) systems from Concept Laser.

They include an X line 2000R system and a new M2 cusing machine for the medium-sized system segment.

With a build envelope of 800x400x500 mm3, the X line 2000R currently offers the largest build envelope for laser melting metals and according to the company, will be the first system of this scale in the Netherlands. It features a new sieving station that uses a quiet vibrating sieve instead of the tumbler sieve. The oversized particle container is now smaller, and has been integrated into the sieving station. The dose unit has also been redesigned and the dose chamber is now filled completely and fully automatically within one cycle.

The M2 cusing system has also been redesigned when compared with the previous model. The laser and the filter are fully integrated into the system and the surface area of the filter has als been increased fivefold. Installation of the new capacity will start in August 2015 with the M2 cusing, followed by the X line 2000R in Q1 of 2016.

This story is reprinted from material from Concept Laser, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.