The new metal 3D printing machine allows a better quality of surface finish

Summary of the press release:

  • Offers a faster transition from design to production of the final part
  • Produces small, complex parts at a very affordable price
  • Suitable for medical, catering, construction and automotive businesses

Original press release:

3D laser sintering fabrication

As veterans of the laser industry, we strive for perfection. Thus, we are delighted to introduce our manufacturer’s metal 3D printing machine. First announced at the Chicago Fabtec in 2019, this technology has largely proven its usefulness. From the drawing board to reality, 3D printing has become a highly sought-after tool for many large companies. Benefiting all industries, such as medical and food service companies, 3D manufacturing has tackled the issue of producing small, complex parts in a very affordable way. Thanks to this incredibly unique technology, the production of these complex parts is no longer time-consuming or expensive. The medical industry has benefited in particular, with low-cost custom prosthetic limbs enabling patients with missing limbs to lead better lives. In addition, construction companies are integrating this 3D technology in the construction of small houses at much lower costs. Automotive companies have also benefited from this technology, such as Ford. Fuel injectors and engine covers for jet aircraft, for example, are just some of the parts that use 3D printing to make parts.

Advantages of metal 3D printing:

  • Reduced lead times – Faster transition from design to production of the final part.
  • Cost benefits through reduced material waste – With this technology, the raw material is added and formed layer by layer, rather than cut from a mass. Therefore, the material is placed only where it is needed and the cost is reduced by the amount of material needed to complete a product.
  • New approach to design – What could be more unique than a 3D printed structure? 3D printing enables the production of complex structures – there is no extra time or money spent designing a specific shape or part. Traditionally, it was necessary to use several separate parts within a welded structure. From now on, a single part is enough to make a single part.
  • Technologies such as electron beam melting or selective laser melting make it possible to make objects from metal powders that are as good as, if not better than, those made with conventional techniques. In addition, our manufacturer’s 3D printing systems allow for better surface finish quality and less post-processing compared to traditional manufacturing.
  • As far as materials are concerned, there are many interesting novelties that could replace the metals commonly used in industry. It is possible to produce various amorphous, precious and refractory metals in today’s additive manufacturing technology. Some of the platinum alloys designed for 3D printing have significantly higher mechanical strength than pure metal, while having similar resistance to oxidation. High-strength aluminum and titanium alloys, but also customer-specific alloys, can be chosen, providing the flexibility to customize material properties to meet the technical requirements of the particular project, so your options are not limited.

Why not contact us for a quote or samples? We are here for all your 3D printing needs! Contact us today!

Technical specifications:

  • Laser power: 500 Watt – Water cooled
  • Laser source type: ytterbium fiber laser wavelength 1080 nm +/- 2 nm
  • Growth chamber: 6.3″ wide X 9.8″ deep X 8.75″ tall
  • Materials: Stainless Steel, Inconel, Titanium, Tool Steel, etc.
  • Air Supply: 90psi @ 1cfm
  • Argon Supply: 90 psi @ 0.01 cfm
  • Power supply: 220 VAC single phase at 25 amps
  • Scan speed: 200″ per second
  • Charger: wire
  • Software: Windows 10 / OmniMark 100 / STL Slicers / Magics Compatible
  • Optics: F-Theta lens with distortion correction
  • Machine Size: 90.5″ wide X 34.5″ deep X 78.5″ high
  • Machine weight: 2,200 lbs.

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