Metal 3D Printer Combines Laser Sintering and High-Speed Milling
Laser sinter metal powder and perform CNC machining of tooling components in the same machine.
Plustech Inc. introduces the Sodick OPM250 metal 3D printer in booth W782 at NPE2018. The printer combines laser sintering of metal powder and high-speed milling in the same machine. This can speed production of tooling components such as cores and cavities with conformal cooling channels. Additive manufacturing reportedly can produce in one piece components that would normally be assembled from multiple parts.