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Additive manufacturing video report

Source: The Engineer

EADS Innovation Works at Filton is one of the centres for development of additive layer manufacturing. The Engineer paid a visit to see the process in action

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  • This process is the also known as SLM (Selective Laser Melting). Renishaw has this technology in hand and already markets this process to Medical, Dental, Aerospace and any other sector it can forsee it's application in. Another benefit is in Rapid Prototyping as a design can rapidly be transformed from CAD to component in a relatively short time.

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  • ... and adding to the comments above, SLM (or Selective Laser Sintering - SLS) was first patented nearly 25 years ago, and was being used for medical applications in the early to mid 1990's.

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  • I heard about the bicycle they make out of nylon. I understood that they could also make things out of carbon and other metals. Is it possible to mix materials in 3d printing? It would be interesting to try to make musical instruments to test for different stress, weight distribution,and sound qualities.

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