Electron Beam Melting
Manufactures parts by melting metal powder in successive layers that are bound together utilizing a computer controlled electron beam.
Laser Blown Powder Deposition
Uses inert gas to spray powder into a melt pool created by a high- power laser beam.
Equipment: DM3D, POM
Uses a high power laser to fuse powdered material by scanning cross-sections on the surface of a powder bed.
Utilizes a liquid binding agent that is selectively deposited to join powder particles through strategic layering.
Metal Laser Melting
Powder materials are locally fused by a high-energy fiber laser that is directed by a mirror-deflecting unit to create layer-by-layer components.
Equipment: Concept Laser
Fused Deposition Modeling
Uses a heated nozzle to melt and deposit a thin lament of thermoplastic material into a two-dimensional pattern.
Equipment: Stratasys, 3D Systems, Afinia, Solidoodle
Inkjet print heads are used to jet liquid photopolymers onto a build platform. The material is immediately cured by UV lamps and solidified which allows to build layers on top of each other.
Large-scale Polymer Deposition
Polymer pellets are heated to near molten temperatures and extruded layer-by-layer onto an out-of-the-oven build platform.