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3D Printing- Metal

The additive manufacturing lab has recently added three new industrial-grade metal printers - Concept Laser, Arcam Q1+, and ExOne. 

​CDME has a very strong contingent of metal 3D printers in its additive manufacturing laboratory. Manufacturing and medical industries are tracking towards using 3D metal printing at an increased rate for aerospace, automotive, and medical implants, respectively. Likewise, our customers are benefiting from our added capabilities and not having to invest in capital equipment. Ohio State's CDME is the only institution to have laser, electron beam, and binder jetting capability in one laboratory. 

Our metal printers are capable of printing the following metals:
 
Concept Laser M2
(laser)
Arcam Q10+
(electron beam)
ExOne Innovent
(binder jetting)
Nickel alloys yes   yes
Steel yes   yes
Aluminum yes    
Cobalt chrome yes    
Titanium alloys   yes  
Magnesium alloys     yes

Concept Laser M2


photo of Arcam Q10+ metal printer GE Additive Proto Precision Ohio State CDME

The M2 is a DMLM metal machine from Concept Laser that uses lasers to melt layers of fine metal powder and create complex geometries with incredible precision directly from a CAD file.

Printer specifications for Concept Laser M2
Build materials nickel alloys, steels, aluminum, cobalt chrome
Net build volume (xyz) 9.8” x 9.8” x 13.8”
Resolution 50 μm, optional variable focus move (50 μm – 500 μm)
Accuracy 20 – 80 μm
Build material color metal color and grain finish
Files types supported STL or any CAD file

The Concept Laser M2 industrial-grade metal printer was generously provide to Ohio State's CDME by Proto Precision Manufacturing Solutions, who purchased the printer from GE Additive.


Arcam Q10+


Arcam EBM (Electronic Beam Melting) creates dimensionally accurate parts quickly and efficiently by utilizing a high-power electron beam for high melting capacity and productivity. The Arcam EBM process takes place in a vacuum and at high temperature, resulting in stress-relieved components with material properties better than cast and comparable to wrought material.


Printer specifications for Arcam Q10+
Build material titanium alloys
Net build volume (xyz) 7.87” x 7.87” x 7.1”
Resolution 140 μm
Build material color metal color (dependant on type)
File types supported STL

The Arcam Q10+ industrial-grade metal printer was generously provide to Ohio State's CDME by Proto Precision Manufacturing Solutions, who purchased the printer from GE Additive.


ExOne Innovent

ExOne is an expert in binder jetting 3D printing technology for sand, metal, and ceramic materials. This additive manufacturing process consists in selectively depositing a liquid binding agent. This agent binds powder particles together. 

Printer specifications for ExOne Innovent
Build materials steels, magnesium alloys, nickel alloys
Net build volume (xyz) 6.3” x 2.5” x 2.5”
Resolution X/Y 0.003/0.002”. (63.5 μm/ 60.0 μm) Z 0.004” (100.0 μm)
Layer thickness 0.00197” (.05mm)
Build material color metal color (dependant on type)
File types supported STL, CLI, SLC