Bringing New Life To Old Tools With Additive Manufacturing

Metal laser sintering draws information from a 3D CAD model to determine the proper orientation and placement of powdered metal. An .stl (“build”) file is prepared from the CAD data, and that information is organized into slices that represent the layers of material to be deposited by a fiber-optic laser. The laser fuses each layer of metal powder to the substrate and each preceding layer, until a solid shape is formed according to the shape indicated by the CAD.

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