The right combination

The right combination
The right combination

Seen for the first time at EMO Milan last year, Sodick has unveiled its OPM250E combined 3D printer/milling centre in the UK.

Sodick says the OPM250E represents the industry's first one step solution for the entire metal 3D printing process – enabling the creation of forms exactly as the engineers and designers have envisaged them, without the need for compromise due to the constraints of conventional machining capabilities, complex set-ups and dedicated tools.

In the simplest terms the OPM250E operates as follows: first, a metal powder is uniformly coated and then melted and solidified by scanning with a laser beam – this process can be repeated up to ten times.

Following this, the surface is subjected to high-speed milling with a rotary tool creating the high quality accuracy, precision and finish which are not achievable with a laser process alone – after which the metal powder is uniformly coated again. The process is then repeated, again and again until the component geometry is complete.

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