Renishaw 3D Printing – Additive Manufacturing:
Early adopters of laser melting in the medical orthopaedics sector saw benefits from the technology’s ability to manufacture complex geometries and structures in high grade materials such as titanium. From patient specific hip implants to series volume production of orthopaedic implants featuring hybrid structures, laser melting has an established following in these sectors.
From tooling inserts featuring conformal cooling channels through to lightweight structures for aerospace and high technology applications, laser melting significantly reduces the constraints on designers. This design freedom results in optimised structures and shapes that would otherwise be constrained by conventional processes or the tooling requirements of large volume production. Laser melting helps to reduce lead times, reduce tooling costs and permits the creation of designs not previously possible.
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