Renishaw Laser-melting additive manufacturing units make dense metal parts

Editor: Eric Culp

The two available systems both feature vacuum technology and low gas consumption, according to their supplier.

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Parts are built layer by layer, in thicknesses of up to 100 µm.
Parts are built layer by layer, in thicknesses of up to 100 µm.
(Souce: Renishaw)

Renishaw's laser-melting additive manufacturing process is said to produce fully dense metal parts from 3D CAD data using a high-powered fibre laser. Parts are built layer by layer, in thicknesses of 20 to 100 µm, using various fine metal powders that are melted in a controlled atmosphere.

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The current range of machines utilises a third-generation design representing state-of-the-art manufacturing technology, the company said. Key features include variable powder delivery, ultra-low oxygen content in the build atmosphere, and an unparalleled safe-change filter system to minimise user contact with materials..

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