Support structures have been a necessary requirement for metal additive manufacturing for the past 20 years. They’re required to prevent warping or in-build curl if not supported due to internal stresses. What new benefits could you unlock if support structures were eliminated completely, and parts could be built free-floating in powder?
This session will cover the advantages of printing free-floating parts with the LPBF process such as:
• Full utilization of the build volume thru nesting – build up to 20x more parts per build!
• Accelerated development cycles by eliminating post-processing steps like wire EDM & stress relief
• Reduce consumables by eliminating the build plate consumption completely