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Tuckerfan
03-12-2006, 06:45 PM
Goes from CAD drawing to solid metal! (http://www.gizmag.com/go/5312/)
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">A new rapid manufacturing and prototyping system that makes 100 percent solid metal parts has been introduced to the market - the ARCAM EBM S400. Employing a patented CAD-to-Metal process, which is based on Electron-Beam Melting (EBM), the highly efficient system produces parts from titanium powder and does so between three and five times faster than other additive fabrication methods. In contrast to laser sintering (SLS), the electron beam fully melts the metal particles to produce a void-free part. The process occurs in a high vacuum, which ensures the part is completely solid, without imperfections caused by oxidation.</font>Wonder how long it'll be before someone comes out with an affordable tabletop unit?

mochinist
03-12-2006, 07:00 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Tuckerfan:
Wonder how long it'll be before someone comes out with an affordable tabletop unit?</font>Hopefully never, The Home Shop Metal Printing forum would be pretty boring in my opinion.

HTRN
03-12-2006, 07:11 PM
Numerical control technology has been around for 50 years, and it's only recently become "affordable" for the hobbiest(by affordable, I mean possibly being purchased by a significant number of hobbiests, I don't mean cheap!)

This device has a very specific use, most very high quality parts with exotic geometries, where $$$$ is pretty much expected. I serously doubt you'll see anything like this from Grizzley anytime soon.


HTRN

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Wirecutter
03-12-2006, 07:11 PM
I got to wandering around that site, and have, for the time being, decided that this is my favorite. I want one:

http://www.gizmag.co.uk/picture.php?s=23&p=4397_9080532318.jpg
http://www.gizmag.co.uk/picture.php?s=23&p=4397_9080532555.jpg
http://www.gizmag.co.uk/picture.php?s=23&p=4397_9080532036.jpg


With this being a distant second:

http://www.gizmag.co.uk/picture.php?s=23&p=4397_9080531638.jpg

[This message has been edited by Wirecutter (edited 03-12-2006).]