As we began to hear more and more about 3D printing with metal, interest began to pique around the world—and in fact, even many novices you speak with today may be busy printing away with more basic materials for now but will tell you that for tomorrow’s projects, they are very interested in finding out more about working with metal. Although generally requiring much more sophisticated equipment and operation, metal 3D printing is where it’s at primarily for one reason: strength.
This area of 3D printing, certainly at the top in terms of production and quality, is evolving at an accelerated rate, offering enormous product and materials development. One material we are hearing about quite often too is titanium alloy, as it’s being used for a range of implants.
FMI Instrumed, a Dutch supplier, is now one of the first to deliver such technology to the Benelux (comprising Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg) in the form of serial orthopedic titanium implants manufactured using a Concept Laser M2 Dual Laser metal printer with QM quality monitoring systems. The choice of hardware from Concept Laser is not surprising as they are a German company specializing in laser printing/melting with metal, and especially titanium alloys.