New material – A sneak peak

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Just to let you know that, yes, we are looking for new techniques and materials which might be interesting to offer to you. One of the new materials we are looking at, as you can see in the picture is indeed metal! Using a technique which is called Metal Laser Sintering, where a laser melts tiny particles of metal together to form the object. It is a bit like Selective Laser Sintering

(SLS), which is used with nylon. MLS uses a metal powder and technically it is a bit more complicated. The positioning of the object(s), for optimal support and heat transport, and finishing of the objects needs more knowledge/experience and treatments.

But then the photo shows that it is worth it.

We would really like to know what you think! Is metal cool? Also what would you make if we would offer metal? Please let us know.

Peter

9 comments

  1. Jupp

    Indeed it looks great. How robust is an object created this way? Did you try it out?

    1. Peter Weijmarshausen

      It is metal, so it is quite robust!
      You can even make a bottle opener.

    2. Anonymous

      Have you alread an aproximate price for this in mind?

    3. Anonymous

      Metal would be wonderful. If you offer other colors beside gold, such as silver or green metal there is a variety of possibilities. Also, is there a way to make the metal smooth and reflective?

    4. Bart Veldhuizen

      We don’t have prices yet.. There’s quite a bit of work involved in getting this all up and running but as soon as we do, we’ll let you know!

      Bart

  2. Chris M.

    Very impressive!
    Well,what I would make?Anything,as long as I can use them in my scalemodels.But dimensions of the parts need to be exact,how about that ?Sintered materials are always better than pewter,never mind the colors ,I’ll paint them anyway.
    Comes to mind , fanblades (jetmodels) , more accurate tracks for panzermodels (specialised scale model brands sell them at extreme high prices.),landinggears,more detailed helicopter rotorheads…..hell, even a complete model!( no more cyano -acrylic glue !)
    About the knowledge ,do you have it “in d’a house”?( I have some experience with injection and vacuum moulding,spend 15 years as a technician in industrial environment,and maybe …maybe I can help with finding some better priced basic materials,my ” old man” is (still) active in recycling branch (sales) but this depends on your location (transport!!!) and this ain’t BS,mind you)
    And last but not least,would you accept drawings made in other software (CAD)send to you by mail?
    @ Jupp, you can bet you’re butt that these materials are robust,when you drop pewter parts THEY GET DENTED( very soft material) ,not good, and no moulding seams.
    One problem though :pricing, cause it’s not mass production.( BTW Got here through Blender nation)
    Well ,that’s all folks, good night and PEACE bro’s!

  3. Z. Lace

    Metal would be wonderful. I can think of so many applications already, not only for simple cast models but for brackets and other items that would be useful for prototyping electronics projects (and others, of course.)

    1. Chris M.

      Well Z..Lace,are you familiar with sintering?To use this procedure for mere brackets is way to expensive,On the other hand prototypes could be done ,BUT don’t exept to make chipsets with it ,PCB are doable ,and offcourse HEATPIPES (YES ;-) ) depends on how advanced their 3D printer is , And ,to be honest , for stuff like that ,traditional chemical milling ( = photo-etching ) is a better way ,but not healthy ( uses acids e.g HCl) used to make PCB for guitar effect pedals ;-)
      There’ s always the fact of the material combination and the temperatures not to mention the expansion and shrinking,off course .This is becoming an interesting thread! Cheerio.

  4. Z..Lace

    I can see what you mean. Sintering is entirely new to me, heatpipes, now that would be cool wouldn’t it! I didn’t mean I expect to be able to make the electronics themselves, but rather (possibly) things like very specific mechanical pieces that would work with the electronics to create the final product. I can imagine this would be an expensive way to prototype, but I’m sure there would be some instances where the cost would be more than worth it. The idea of metal model that was created in blender would just be awesome though. I think I would have a go at Proog from Elephants Dream!

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