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Laser Metal Deposition

Laser Metal Deposition (LMD) is an additive manufacturing process where a focused laser is used to melt metallic materials as they are deposited.

The LMD Process

In contrast to powder bed technologies, the metallic materials can be fed into the laser spot as a powder through a nozzle or as a wire. By moving the laser head and/or the part, intricate 3D geometries can be realized. In addition, LMD can be used to build on parts manufactured by conventional manufacturing technologies. By using multiple powder/wire feeders, different materials can be deposited at the same time, allowing for building multi-material parts or gradient structures. Other terms for this technology are Direct Metal Deposition (DMD) or Directed Energy Deposition (DED).

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LMD Machines at Empa

Empa operates additive manufacturing machines from renowned machine manufacturers as well as machines developed by Empa or partners for specific research purposes:

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BeAM Mobile Machine 1.0