Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF)

Laser powder bed fusion is the technology our metal 3D printers the Concept Laser M2 and Concept Laser Mlab use. These printers use a powerful laser to melt the metal powder into a solid layer with the appropriate shaped cross section. The build chamber is then lowered and the process repeated with the bottom of the next layer melting and fusing to the one below. By stacking up these layers eventually a metal object is created. Metal printing can be complicated as cooling the liquid metal rapidly introduces internal stresses into the part causing disfiguration and warpage. With proper part orientation and the right supports these issues can be minimized and the Hub staff will help with these issues and more. Parts printed out of metal are extremely strong and capable of being used in high temperature applications.   

Materials: Inconel 718, Cobalt Chrome, Stainless Steel 316L – other non-reactive alloys on request