U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Adds Concept Laser Metal 3D Printing

The lab has added a powder-bed machine that will print in stainless steel.

Concept Laser has announced that the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), the Navy's corporate laboratory, has added an M2 cusing machine, its first laser powder-bed metals machine. The system will be used for rapid prototyping in stainless steel as well as for materials research.

“We require a wide range of additive manufacturing (AM) capabilities, ranging from quality monitoring to process parameter development, and need an architecture conducive to that research and development effort,” said Dr. Charles Rohde, NRL Acoustics Division.

“It is very exciting that the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory is bolstering their focus on metal additive manufacturing. There are so many advantages of 3D metal printing that our defense strategy could benefit from, including reduced lead time, less material waste, and printing complex geometries with no required assembly. NRL has a history of over 90 years of innovation in naval power and we look forward to hear how they will use 3D metal printing to break boundaries,” states John Murray, president and CEO of Concept Laser Inc.