New Worlds: Complex metal pieces ‘printed’ at Technion

The first 3D printer of its kind – costing some $950,000 – has been installed at the institute of metals at Haifa’s Techion-Israel Institute of Technology.

It is meant for printing out metal products such as titanium parts for the space industry, dental crowns and implants, bone replacements and more. The metal powder that is the printer’s raw material is melted with electron beams and formed into a customized solid.

Three-dimensional printing, called stratification by professionals in the field, is often called the “Third Industrial Revolution.” The technology makes it possible to create even tiny parts and whole objects with complex geometries, without the need for expensive machining.


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