3D printing

The 3D printer developed at TU Graz melts metal powder using high-performance LED light sources. (Image: TU Graz)

New LED-based powder melting to optimise metal 3D printing

Researchers at TU Graz in Austria have developed a 3D printing process that uses a high-power LED beam to melt metal powder, instead of a laser

A simulation used by the researchers to help determine the impact of spatter in LPBF. (Image: LLNL)

Researchers devise method to reduce defects in metal 3D printing

Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have developed a method for reducing – or even eliminating – defects in metal parts built via laser powder bed fusion (LPBF)

3D printing copper is important in the space industry for printing rocket nozzles, like the one produced by Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, shown here

Lasers initiate copper 3D printing take-off

Optically-driven additive manufacturing is entering uncharted territory with challenging reflective, thermally conductive metals such as copper, finds Andy Extance

The Nanoscribe team were presented with the award by Jessica Rowbury, editor of Electro Optics

Nanoscribe wins Laser Munich award for microoptics printing

Nanoscribe has won an innovation award at Laser World of Photonics for its Quantum X maskless lithography system, designed for industrial fabrication of refractive and diffractive microoptics

Micro-scaffolds printed by Microlight3D's two-photon polymerisation

Microlight3D acquires microprinting company

Microlight3D, a manufacturer of 3D microprinting systems, has bought French firm Smart Force Technologies to extend its product portfolio to include 2D microprinting

Printing living tissue

Only two companies supply commercial 3D printing systems based on two-photon polymerisation, which can create structures smaller than living cells. Greg Blackman speaks to Denis Barbier from Microlight3D

Adding up in Aachen

Matthew Dale reports from the AKL International Laser Technology Congress, in Aachen, Germany, in May, where the potential for additive manufacturing in series production was high on the agenda

Coherent acquires OR Laser

Coherent has made its first investment in the metal additive manufacturing market, with the acquisition of OR Laser, a German-based firm that has developed an affordable 3D metal printer designed for SMEs

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