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Rapid prototyping by laser sintering and 3D-Printing

: Petzoldt, F.; Pohl, H.

Turkish Powder Metallurgy Association -TTMD-:
3rd International Powder Metallurgy Conference 2002. Proceedings : 4 - 8 September 2002, Gazi University Faculty of Engineering & Architecture, Ankara
Ankara, 2002
ISBN: 975-924630-9
International Powder Metallurgy Conference <3, 2002, Ankara>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IFAM ()

Currently, several techniques are being used for rapid prototyping of metal parts for various fields of applications. Laser sintering of powder materials and 3D-Printing are one of the most promising subjects for research and development in this field. The ability of manufacturing complex shaped parts using CAD data in a very short time is the main advantage of these methods. Powder producers are closely looking at this technology since it would be expected to open a big market for sales. This article presents the state of the art of the laser sintering and 3D-Printing technologies in the world. Examples of applications of the methods for rapid prototyping & tooling are demonstrated through manufacturing industrial parts.