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Selective Laser melting (SLM)

Selective Laser melting (SLM) is an additive metals manufacturing technology with a presence in medical Orthopaedics and Dental through to Aerospace and high technology engineering and electronics sectors.

The process

The process uses a high powered laser to fuse fine metal powders together layer by layer direct from CAD data to create functional metal parts. After each layer a powder recoater system deposits a fresh layer of powder in thicknesses ranging from 20 to 100 microns. The system uses commercially available gas atomised metallic powders to produce fully dense metal parts in materials including Titanium, Stainless Steel, Cobalt Chrome and Tool Steel.

See the SLM equipment in action scanning a lattice structure (right) and then a solid cross section (left)

 

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  • Custom made dental crown produced on the SLM platform
  • Complete under jaw produced on the SLM system