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How Open Pilot Line Deployments Are Advancing Laser-Based Additive Manufacturing

Jan 10, 2022
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Among metal additive manufacturing technologies, laser-based direct energy deposition (LB-DED) processes, in which a focused laser source is used to melt-fuse materials as they are deposited, are attracting increasing interest in a variety of applications and industrial sectors. In the context of two large collaborative European projects, Integradde and Lightme, the AIMEN Technology Centre is deploying novel, integrated solutions on two pilot lines for different raw materials. A brief review of the process, manufacturing systems, as well as process monitoring technologies and solutions being developed to ensure good quality components is presented. This presentation describes the co-evolution of key innovations in photonics and additive manufacturing and the role of the open pilot lines in the advancement of both.

***This presentation premiered during the 2022 Photonics Spectra Conference. For more information on Photonics Media conferences, visit  

About the presenter:
Camilo Prieto RíoCamilo Prieto Río is a Senior Researcher at AIMEN Technology Centre overseeing the System Technology team for Laser-based Manufacturing. He holds a master’s degree in laser physics and technologies from the University of Salamanca and a master’s degree in mechatronics from the University of Vigo in Spain. He has developed his professional career in research center companies in the field of laser-based manufacturing, having been involved in R&D programs for over 15 years. He has worked as an R&D engineer on microprocessing and macroprocessing laser systems. He has also undertaken lead technical engineering roles for optical system design, development, integration, and installation of laser systems in production environments. Río joined AIMEN Laser Applications Centre in 2015. In addition to leading the Laser-based Manufacturing team at AIMEN, he is also the technical project coordinator on the large collaborative EU project, INTEGRADDE, that aims to deploy novel pilot lines for metal additive manufacturing. His main current research and development activities concern process monitoring and optical and digital solutions for laser metal deposition and laser beam welding applications.
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