3D Printing

3D printing is an innovative technology that is quickly gaining more and more ground with the release of new, sophisticated projects. The technology itself has been around since the 1980s, but recent developments in metal printing have increased the range and capabilities available.

Benefits of 3D printing

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.

A recent article in the online veterinary blog summed up developments in 3D printing for vets quite nicely, with the article entitled “3d printing is changing surgery”. Of course, this is true, we now discuss advances in this technology in our... read more >

Laser Metal Deposition: alternative nozzle configurations

What is Laser Metal Deposition?

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Posted on 19/07/2018

Laser metal deposition (LMD) is an additive production process that uses a laser beam to form a pool of melted metal (a melt pool) on the surface of a metallic substrate into which metal powder is injected using a gas stream. The absorbed metal... read more >

The technology to use additive manufacturing has been around for more than three decades, but it’s only quite recently that it’s been possible to explore this in more depths.A number of different industries have benefitted from this... read more >

The medical industry is an arena where mistakes simply aren’t tolerable; the equipment that makes it to market must perform consistently and predictably, and be able to deliver the expected results.But because every person is a unique... read more >

Although the technology for additive manufacturing has been around for much longer than many people realise, it’s an industry which is still relatively in its infancy.Additive manufacturing is now being used in a number of different... read more >

A bike in titanium alloy, printed using 3D rapid prototyping

Metal Rapid Prototyping

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Posted on 25/11/2015

The very latest technologies are bringing massive cost and lead time benefits to prototyping. In fact very few technologies have offered as much as rapid prototyping technology (RPT) has in the last 5... read more >

3D printed parts are amongst the main benefits of adopting an additive manufacturing approach

Sustainability in 3D Printing

Posted on 20/11/2015

From kids toys to vehicle parts, 3D printing is set to revolutionise the world of manufacturing, giving consumers the chance to create the products they need from the comfort of their own homes. But in a world where resources are rapidly running... read more >

Metal additive manufacturing with a CWM Laser

Additive Manufacturing – a definition

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Posted on 19/11/2015

Often referred to by its far more sensational-sounding description of 3D printing, additive manufacturing is in fact a technology which has been around for at least three... read more >

Diagram of the selective laser melting (laser sintering) process

Direct Metal Laser Sintering & Selective Laser Melting

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Posted on 17/11/2015

3D printing, or additive manufacturing to use an alternative term, is a type of technology which has been around for a surprising amount of time, but has only recently started to evolve and develop sufficiently to grab the imagination of the... read more >

Additive Manufactured Globe

3D Metal Printing – An Overview

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Posted on 17/11/2015

3D printing is a technology which has captured the headlines, with stories about the increasingly sophisticated projects that can be built. Although it may seem relatively new, the technology has been around for some time having first emerged during... read more >

Metal additive manufacturing example

Metal Additive Manufacturing

Posted on 17/11/2015

Recently there has been huge growth and interest in the whole area of additive manufacturing or 3D printing. In 3D printing, polymer based parts are made on simple devices using internal movements and controls similar to desktop printers. But... read more >

When combined with the appropriate 3D printer our Lasers are the perfect choice for creating delicate, yet extremely strong designs out of an array of powdered... read more >

The need to produce 3D embossed/engraved metal and ceramic surfaces for the printing Industry is increasing; demanding a high level of detail, fine features and high quality.Our G4 short pulsed Lasers enable fast removal of material (20mm... read more >