Sivó becomes the first Meltio Engine integrator in Spain and Portugal
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Supported by Meltio’s official business partner in the region, Sicnova, Sivó will leverage the Meltio Engine hybrid metal 3D printing system to improve its glass mold repair process and complete a project that has been ongoing since 2016.
“We are delighted to be working with Sivó and Sicnova, as the collaboration between business and integration partners within the Meltio ecosystem is essential to accelerate the adoption of the technology in a territory”, said Gerard García, manager marketing and sales at Meltio. “Thanks to Sivó’s expertise, we are now able to provide an end-to-end solution to customers who require hybrid manufacturing capabilities in Spain and Portugal.
The Meltio engine
First launched at Formnext in 2019, the Meltio Engine is a modular 3D printing cell designed to integrate seamlessly with CNC machines, robotic arms and gantry systems to enable hybrid manufacturing. The company unveiled the latest version of its Meltio engine in November of last year, equipped with a number of upgrades to make fully dense metal parts affordable and accessible.
The machine works on the same patented 3D printing technology by laser metal deposition (LMD) compatible with the wire and the powder that drives the M450 3D printer. The system features its patented LMD tool head, which uses multiple high-power lasers to melt metallic raw material directly onto a substrate below, resulting in fully dense metal parts.
The multi-metal process uses base welding wire, which Meltio says is the cleanest, safest, and cheapest metal raw material on the market today.
Last month, the supplier of manufacturing technology products and services Phillips corporation announced that it had combined the capabilities of the Meltio engine and with a CNC machine tool system from Haas Automation to form a hybrid manufacturing platform, the Phillips Additive Hybrid.
According to Phillips, the ability to deliver both additive and subtractive manufacturing technologies in a single machine has the potential to deliver cost and complexity benefits that were not previously available.
The first Meltio Engine integrator in the Iberian Peninsula
Sivó is officially the first in Spain and Portugal to integrate the Meltio engine into its operations, offering hybrid manufacturing capabilities. CNC machine integration enables the creation of large, highly complex parts with machining tolerances in one step, bringing new capabilities to a wide range of industries and applications.
Sivó produces large-scale molds, models and prototypes, as well as valve repair and adjustment operations. The company’s machining department has become an increasingly important part of its business in recent years, producing parts of high technical complexity. To further improve the capabilities of the department, Sivó decided to install the CNC Meltio Engine integration in its Haas UMC-1000SS machine.
Once the integration is complete and ready to use in just a week, the company plans to leverage the system to improve its glass mold repair process.
“Meltio’s technology allows us to complete a project started in 2016,” said José Sivó Romero, director of additive production at Sivó. “Our goal is to advance and automate our glass mold repair process. This revolutionary technology makes it possible to create parts that would otherwise be impossible to machine, from the raw material.
“This will allow us to expand the market for our products and improve our business technologically.
The installation of the Meltio motor in Sivó has been supported by Sicnova, which has been the exclusive distributor of Meltio technology in Spain and Portugal since 2019.
The company seeks to continue to introduce Meltio’s hybrid additive manufacturing offerings to companies across the region looking to gain competitive advantages in their production processes.
“Sivó plays a key role in our ecosystem, as the official Meltio Engine integrator for CNC systems,” said Agustín García, Sales Director at Sicnova. “At Sicnova, we firmly believe in the potential of this hybrid technology, which combines the best of subtractive technology with metal additive manufacturing, for companies in the industrial sector who wish to go further in their production processes, with particular emphasis on machining. .
“That is why we wanted to count on Sivó, with its vast experience and know-how in this sector, so that our customers have all the facilities and our guarantee to implement this cutting-edge technology.
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Featured Image Shows integration of Meltio Engine CNC into the Haas UMC-1000SS. Photo via Meltio.