3D printing is an innovative technology that is quickly gaining more and more ground as the technology becomes more affordable is more widely adopted within the world’s industries. The technology itself has been around since the 1980s, but recent developments in metal printing, in particular, have increased the range and capabilities available.
The process of additive manufacturing is especially useful in the 3D printing industry, due to its ability to precisely lay layer upon layer of a material down to create a sturdy and robust final product. Due to this, the process is being used in an increased number of industries, including the medical and semiconductor sectors.
In this article we take a look at the ways in which 3D printing is used from one industry to another, as well as some “general” uses of 3D printing, which pervade all industries:
Used throughout all industries:
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SPI Lasers range of Continuous Wave (CW) is ideal for the delivery of 3D printed metal projects.
It’s important also to remember that an investment in an SPI laser also brings other functionality too. If you need to mark or re-shape your materials then cutting, drilling, engraving and marking are all ideal add-ons once your 3D printed product is available.
If your materials need cleaning pre 3D printing or perhaps post-processing then ablation and cleaning are ideal for tidying up. It’s worth saying though, that the contactless process won’t cause any contamination in itself.
Finally, completed 3D parts and products can utilise welding to merge the newly created part into larger structures, all with invisible seams and with no injury risk to human laser operatives!
Understanding the world of 3D printing can be tricky, so we have created the application insights and postcards below to give you every chance of learning the role that fiber lasers have to play in this market.
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