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BFW Group Launches India’s First Commercially Available L-DED Machines

By Anvita Pillai, @Anvitap21,

Added 09 June 2022

Photon 1000 machine series aims to bring technology differentiators but would be the first IoT enabled smart AM machine

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BFW specialises in cutting edge advanced manufacturing technology platforms, with over 50,000 machines and systems installed worldwide. BFW sensed the industry need and opportunity for cost-effective and large format metal additive manufacturing in the Laser-Powder & Laser-Wire Directed Energy Deposition (DED) segment. It entered the DED metal AM industry in September 2021 with a mission to industrialise additive technology and has a technology-driven global team to drive this business.

BFW’s 60 years of expertise in machine tools gives it the capability and infrastructure to develop and manufacture a complete end to end range of Additive Manufacturing solutions (Photon Platform) to exacting specifications and reliability. The photon platform includes the world’s largest and fastest L-DED game-changer Photon 4000G, announced in April 2022, is now the Photon 1000H and Photon 1000R hybrid and robotic configurations.

The entire product range of the Photon platform is among the most commercially attractive yet highly capable technologies with strong validation in academia and industrial applications for aerospace, defence medical, die and mould, energy segments. BFW also prides itself in its capability, commitment and track record to provide world-class customer support for installation, commissioning, training, and expert consultancy to any customer within India and worldwide.

The formal launch ceremony for the Photon 1000 series took place in Bangalore at BFW/M2NxT headquarters at the hands of Dr Ashwath Narayan C N, Minister for Higher Education, IT &BT, Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Livelihood; Dr V K Saraswat, Member Niti Ayog, was the Guest of the Honour. The event was felicitated by TR Parasuraman, President and whole-time Director, Toyota Industries Engine India, Dr S Devarajan, Sr VP TVS Motor Company, Jaspreet Sidhu, CEO, National Centre for Additive Manufacturing, Brian Mathews, Chief Technology Officer, Meltio, Spain and several senior government/industry officials and experts.

BFW has already installed Photon 1000H and Photon 1000R machines in its Dr Abdul Kalam Centre of Excellence in Bangalore for contract manufacturing, R&D, and alloy development, as well as to market & support the machines in India and globally.

“BFW and m2nxt have introduced market disruptive high technology products for the last six decades. Photon 1000 machine series is one more such product line which will not only bring technology differentiators but would be the first IoT enabled smart AM machine,” added Ravi Raghavan, MD, BFW.

The fact that this world-leading metal AM machine is being manufactured entirely in India is a testament to the Indian Government’s Make in India initiative and will address very commercially attractive applications in the defence/space/aerospace/heavy industries/energy/academia and advanced R&D sectors.

 

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