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US Naval Research Lab enhances R&D capabilities with 3D Metal Printing system from Concept Laser

Date Announced: 17 Feb 2017

Concept Laser’s 3D metal printing technology has been selected for rapid prototyping and materials research by the U.S Naval Research Laboratory.

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is the Navy’s full-spectrum corporate laboratory, conducting a broad-based program of scientific research and development for maritime application related to oceanic, atmospheric, and space sciences.

“We require a wide range of Additive Manufacturing (AM) capabilities, ranging from quality monitoring to process parameter development, and need an architecture conducive to that research and development effort,” said Dr. Charles Rohde, NRL Acoustics Division.

NRL will be using Concept Laser’s M2 cusing machine to print in stainless steel. Along with the machine, they will be using QM Meltpool 3D to monitor the quality of their metal applications, inspecting the part as it grows. This will also help them identify any design defects and if an application is on the edge of acceptability.  Additionally, they will be using CL WRX Parameter 2.0 to freely design and develop custom parameters.  

“It is very exciting that the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory is bolstering their focus on metal additive manufacturing. There are so many advantages of 3D metal printing that our defence strategy could benefit from, including reduced lead time, less material waste, and printing complex geometries with no required assembly. NRL has a history of over 90 years of innovation in naval power and we look forward to hear how they will use 3D metal printing to break boundaries,” states John Murray, President and CEO of Concept Laser Inc.

Additive manufacturing involves taking digital designs from computer aided design (CAD) software, and laying horizontal cross-sections to manufacture the part. Additive components are typically lighter and more durable than traditional forged parts because they require less welding and machining. Because additive parts are essentially “grown” from the ground up, they generate far less scrap material. Freed of traditional manufacturing restrictions, additive manufacturing dramatically expands the design possibilities for engineers

 

About Concept Laser and ES Technology

Concept Laser is one of the world’s leading providers of technology to support the 3D printing of metal components. The patented LaserCUSING® process – powder-bed-based laser melting of metals – frees designers and engineers from the constraints of more traditional manufacturing methods, allowing tool-free manufacturing of highly complex parts. The company’s customers come from many different sectors, including the aerospace, medical, dental, automotive and jewellery industries. ES technology is an authorized partner for sales and service of the Concept Laser systems in UK and Ireland.

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