Proto Labs, Inc. has announced that in anticipation of the expansion of its metal Additive Manufacturing services and the opening of a new facility, it will install multiple Mlab cusing and M2 cusing machines from Concept Laser later this year. The LaserCUSING® technology will complement its existing portfolio of industrial 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding processes.
“Our business is built on a foundation of speed, efficiency, and delivering a superior quality of parts. Concept Laser metal powder-bed systems provide us with the ability to deliver on that promise to our customers,” stated Rob Connelly, Proto Labs’ Vice President of Additive Manufacturing. “The Mlab cusing and M2 cusing machines from Concept Laser enable us to manufacture with a variety of reactive and non-reactive metal powders in various build volumes.”
LaserCUSING® systems can use a variety of alloys, allowing prototypes to be functional hardware made out of the same material as production components. Mlab cusing and M2 cusing machines produce full-strength, functional metal parts with the same ease and speed as plastic parts, with the potential to transition into alternative production methods such as Metal Injection Moulding when increased production is needed.
“Maximum throughput without compromise to quality is one of the competitive advantages our machines offer. The integration of safety features, such as the closed-loop material handling system along with the patented passivated filter-change mechanism, minimizes the operator’s exposure to powders and streamlines the process,” stated John Murray, President and CEO of Concept Laser Inc.