Laser Prototypes Europe (LPE)—a UK-based 3D printing service bureau—has invested in an EOS M 290 direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) machine in order to offer its customers parts produced in titanium.
LPE has been using Concept Laser’s Mlab cusing selective laser melting (SLM) machine to produce parts in aluminum and stainless steel for some time. The M 290, and specifically its ability to produce titanium parts, is expected to enable the company to better serve industries such as aerospace, automotive and medical.
A popular material in numerous high-performance applications, titanium is a lightweight alloy that affords exceptional mechanical properties and corrosion resistance. It is especially suitable for precision parts requiring thin walls and/or complex geometries.
Commenting on the investment, Tom Walls, LPE Managing Director, said: ‘This is a massive investment and step forward for LPE in terms of our expansion into the metal sintering market. The substantial value of this investment reflects our confidence in this new technology and demonstrates our commitment to staying at the forefront of innovation in this fast-moving industry.’
He added: ‘Metal sintering greatly reduces time and financial costs compared to traditional manufacturing of components. This new innovation removes the constraints of traditional manufacturing allowing our customers freedom to design efficient, lightweight parts. It offers an ideal solution for the cost-effective production of prototypes or final production components, regardless of complexity of design. We are delighted to be able to offer our customers access to this exciting new technology and we hope to continue our expansion into this market in the future.’