7/5/2017

Sodick Parallel Mode Enables 3D Printing in Three Locations Simultaneously

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Parallel mode for Sodick’s OPM250L printer splits a single laser beam to replicate a part or print a large one faster.

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Sodick has introduced a high-performance technology for its OPM250L metal 3D printer called parallel mode. According to the company, the OPM normally doesn’t utilize the laser unit at full capacity during processing. In parallel mode, the OPM makes optimal use of the laser unit by targeting multiple locations simultaneously. While parallel mode grows parts at three locations simultaneously, the OPM requires only a single beam to accomplish this task, as laser sintering equipment must take fumes and shape deviation into consideration when generating the laser path.

In addition to creating replicas of the same part, parallel mode can also produce singular large parts in less time. Parallel mode is not limited to one beam per quadrant so a workpiece covering only one part of the work table will benefit as much as if it had covered the entire table.

Parallel mode also benefits from Sodick’s newly available fume collector, issued standard with the OPM. According to the company, the new fume collector lasts significantly longer than the previous iteration, allowing it to run longer between maintenance cycles and easily accommodate the fumes produced by parallel mode’s increased productivity. 

Read how parallel mode can be applied for moldmaking applications

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