Additive manufacturing and 3D printing

Process reliability is also a top priority in additive manufacturing. Shielding gases play an important part in quality and a stable production process here. For example, we use the so-called pinch valve to direct the gas-powder flow and so enable the shielding gas to be maintained in the machines. As a user and equipment supplier for all kinds of machines in 3D printing – whether for powder or FDM applications – Festo produces prototypes as well as series-produced components.

Additive manufacturing in a powder bed machine

Customer-specific requirements can be implemented extremely quickly with the additive manufacturing method. This process builds up layers of plastic, metal alloy, ceramic and many other materials to form three-dimensional objects. This is an automated process that allows a level of freedom and complexity that was previously unheard of.

Stable additive manufacturing processes can only be achieved with continuous air preparation and a safe, shielding gas atmosphere. This requires innovative flow and pressure regulation products.

Products suitable for powder bed machines

Fused deposition modelling (FDM)

You can only take full advantage of the added value of 3D printing with digitally networked and fully automated process chains.

  • Intelligent transport and handling systems for the optimised flow of materials
  • Inline quality monitoring
  • Cloud-based networking of different manufacturing locations for decentralised, on-demand manufacturing

Products for fused deposition modelling (FDM)

Ready-to-install solutions

We supply components, modules, ready-to-install solutions and complete subsystems.