ELHA at MIC2023 in Hanover

We are pleased to give you an insight into our successful participation in the 23rd Machining Innovations Conference for Aerospace Industry (MIC2023) in Hanover.
ELHA-Maschinenbau Liemke KG, together with our partners Cognibotics and Ponticon, had the honour of hosting a presentation entitled “Highspeed Coating and Additive Manufacturing of Large Metallic Workpieces“.

Our presentation focussed on the flexible capabilities of the Parallel Kinematics Module (PKM), with which we can machine metal and other materials both subtractively and additively. As this can be of particular interest in combination for aerospace engineering, the conference was a great opportunity for us to present this process technology.

Innovative production technology: The performance spectrum of Ponticon’s 3DMD process in combination with the PKM

A key aspect of our presentation was the introduction of Ponticon’s additive 3DMD process, which offers unrivalled productivity and high precision thanks to feed rates of up to 200 m/min. Up to 8 powder feed lines ensure material flexibility, while the wall thicknesses of the components can be adjusted individually and in real time via the spot size (typically 0.3 to 1.8 mm).

The combination of Ponticon’s 3DMD process with the parallel kinematics module (PKM) opens up fascinating possibilities for the production of large workpieces.
The unique additive and subsequent subtractive machining with just one machine not only revolutionises efficiency, but also offers decisive advantages. The speed of the PKM, with impressive feed rates of up to 170 m/min and a maximum acceleration of 2.5G, enables extremely efficient production. This is of particular interest in the aerospace industry, where time and weight savings are crucial.

The versatility of the PKM design allows the machining of large workpieces with dimensions of up to 4,000 x 3,000 x 2,000 mm³. This flexibility and efficiency make the combination of 3DMD and PKM a pioneering solution that not only speeds up manufacturing processes, but also opens the door to new areas of application and innovative designs.

MIC2023: A forum for innovation and knowledge transfer in the aerospace industry

The “Machining Innovations Conference for Aerospace Industry” offers a unique platform for the exchange of experts and scientists on an international level in the field of manufacturing technology. This year was particularly inspiring as renowned experts from industry and research presented the latest trends, know-how and research results in the aerospace industry.

The conference reflected the spirit of continued innovation that characterises the aerospace industry at a time of global challenges and geopolitical tensions. Industry-wide resilience and adaptability were highlighted as we move towards a future characterised by pioneering technologies and sustainable manufacturing.

Technological advances and strategic
digitalisation: drivers for the industry

The integration of advanced technologies, as presented in our talk, as well as strategic digitalisation are key aspects driving the industry forward. The conference gave us the opportunity to participate in enriching discussions and gain valuable insights from experts, while expanding our network and fostering innovative partnerships.

We would like to thank the organisers, the Institute of Production Engineering and Machine Tools (IFW) and the Manufacturing Innovations Network e.V. (MIN). MIC2023 was not only an opportunity to explore the latest developments in the aerospace industry, but also a forum for the exchange of ideas and the promotion of innovation.

Think innovative, act boldly

– this is the path to a future where technology and collaboration will drive the aerospace industry forward. We look forward to continuing to participate in such important events and shaping the future of manufacturing together with our partners.

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