Laser melting (metal 3D printing) applications
Renishaw's laser melting system is a pioneering, additive manufacturing process capable of producing fully dense parts direct from 3D CAD and is used throughout the aerospace, medical and industrial sectors.
Early adopters of laser melting for medical orthopaedics benefit significantly from the ability of laser melting to manufacture complex geometries and structures in high grade materials such as titanium. From patient-specific implants to ultimately, volume production of orthopaedic implants featuring hybrid structures and textures; laser melting has the potential to unlock manufacturing capabilities that combine free-form shapes and intricate lattice structures that improve osseointegration, leading to much improved patient outcomes.
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.