4/24/2013

Metal Printer Makes Dental, Medical Parts from Titanium

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The Mlab Cusing R 3D metal printer from Hofmann Innovation Group’s Concept Laser GmbH unit uses the company’s LaserCusing laser melting technology to make delicate dental products, medical implants and medical instruments from titanium.

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The Mlab Cusing R 3D metal printer from Hofmann Innovation Group’s Concept Laser GmbH unit uses the company’s LaserCusing laser melting technology to make delicate dental products, medical implants and medical instruments from titanium.

The compact machine incorporates what the company calls a “glovebox module” that is docked
onto the machine and enables material to be handled without the risk of contamination. The operator accesses the build chamber through the glovebox to load and unload components. Once loaded, the glovebox is flooded with argon to inert the build chamber, which is essential for titanium to be processed safely.

The Mlab Cusing R also features a robust 100-W fiber laser that operates with a focus diameter of less than 25 micrometers to produce intricate and delicate component structures.
The availability of LaserCusing technology recently expanded, as Romanoff International Supply Corp. has added Concept Laser machines to the lineup of rapid prototyping equipment it supplies in North, Central and South America. The first installation in the United States is by FineLine Prototyping of Raleigh, North Carolina, which added two MLab machines and an M2 machine. 

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