What metals are suitable for laser melting?
We manufacture workpieces from virtually any weldable, metallic material. We choose the most appropriate material depending on the area of application. We regularly use materials such as titanium and cobalt-chromium alloys.
Are there other alloys?
What is the difference to laser sintering?
In the laser sintering process, materials are only partially melted. With laser melting, the materials are melted completely, for solidification to occur without subsequent sintering process.
Is laser melting the same as 3D printing?
Laser melting is a sub-discipline of 3D printing. In terms of 3D printing, the process is an additive one, which produces 3D workpieces from one or more materials through hardening or melting processes. In addition to laser melting, there is also laser sintering, digital light processing, polyjet modeling or fused deposition modeling, each of which work with different materials and processes.
How long does it take for an order to be processed?
Once you have uploaded your CAD data, we usually process your orders within 24 to 48 hours (for dental orders only — other fields upon consultation).
What are the benefits compared to the casting process?
In contrast to the casting process, no cavities are caused by laser melting, and no tools or molds are required. Components manufactured in the laser-melting process are characterized by their increased solidity and fatigue strength, which, in turn, produce a longer service life. Thanks to the lack of tools and molds needed during manufacturing, the laser-melting process saves materials, time and cuts costs. A further benefit offered by this process is geometric freedom. Options such as undercuts and geometries that the casting process struggles to even produce, are all possible with laser melting.
What are the benefits compared to the milling process?
In contrast to milling, the laser-melting process structures metal powders layer by layer instead of removing from a solid blank. Subtractive methods, such as those used in milling, mean that not only do tools wear out quickly, a large surplus of material that cannot be reused is created. Laser melting uses only as much material as is actually required. In addition, it provides virtually unlimited geometric freedom. Laser melting is therefore quicker, more economical and can be used in more diverse applications.
Is laser melting also possible without having your own CAD scanner?
Yes, you can also send plaster models to LAC. LAC then takes responsibility for digitization and CAD design. The files can be approved by the customer before the start of production.
Can plaster models be sent?
Yes, models can be sent to us at any time. We then perform all subsequent steps.