laser fusing of ceramic powders to fabricate parts as an alternative to the use of metal powders. A system that would regulate and mix metal powder to modify the properties of the prototype is also being investigated. Optomec Design Company, Albuquerque, New Mexico, has announced that direct fusing of metal powder by laser in its LENS process is being performed commercially. Protypes made by this method have proven to be durable and they have shown close dimensional tolerances.
Research and Development in RP
Many different RP techniques are still in the experimental stage and have not yet achieved commercial status. At the...