Since Concept Laser introduced the Mlab cusing machines at the start of 2011 they have been opening up the market segment for small delicate components in economic terms.
Concept Laser has just announced the new Mlab cusing R 3D printer which expands the previous range of materials to include titanium and titanium alloys. The new Mlab cusing R was developed to allow economic fabrication of delicate dental products and medical implants, and for medical instruments made from titanium.
The clever thing about the Mlab cusing R is the "drawer principle" with what is known as a glovebox module for safe handling of the material. The patented drawer principle from Concept Laser enables a quick change of material without the risk of any contamination of powder materials.
The Mlab cusing offers extremely compact dimensions of 705 x 1848 x 1220 mm / 27.76 x 72.76 x 48.03 in. (WxHxD) coupled with a weight of 500 kg.
The operating principle is extremely practical and simple: The glovebox module is docked onto the machine for the loading and unloading process. The build module can simply be pulled out into the glovebox thanks to the drawer principle. The glovebox is then flooded with argon to inert the chamber, essential for safe titanium processing. The operator accesses the build chamber through the glovebox gloves in order to carry out the loading process or to remove components. After the end of the process, the build module is moved back into the machine and finally the glovebox is undocked.
The drawer system is available in three different build envelope versions: 50 x 50, 70 x 70 and 90 x 90 mm, with the height of the build envelope always 80 mm. The drawer principle enables the use of different build envelopes in a machine and the user can easily exchange the drawers. In addition, it is easy to remove the drawers for the purpose of storing materials.
The Mlab cusing R offers a range of ever increasing materials, to include: gold, silver alloys, bronze, cobalt-chromium alloys and stainless steel. New materials which can now also be processed on the machine are titanium and titanium alloys such as Rematitan® CL from Dentaurum, CL41TI ELI (Ti6Al4V) and pure titanium.
Watch the video below the Concept Laser MLab 3D Metal printing:
Source: Concept Laser
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SAM FROES . wrote at 3/19/2013 11:48:44 PM:
Could you please send me the mechanical properties of as-deposited Ti-64 , and after a HIP'ing operation . Is there little difference in the values? This is for a short course on Titanium . I will , of course , acknowledge the source of the information . Please see the attached mechanical properties of Ti-64 -- are these as-deposited values of after a HIP'ing treatment ? SAM FROES .