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OR Laser Introduces Hybrid System for Laser Melting and Milling

| Editor: Janina Seit

With Orlas Creator hybrid, OR Laser presented at Formnext 2017 a new system that combines selective laser melting (SLM) and milling. It exploits the potential of 3D printing and provides high-quality surfaces.

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At Formnext 2017 OR Laser presented Orlas Creator hybrid — a new system that combines 3D printing and milling.
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Orlas Creator hybrid von OR Laser
Orlas Creator hybrid von OR Laser
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The Orlas Creator hybrid is the logical successor of the Orlas Creator and enables 3D printing and milling of components on one machine. It combines 3D printing with the precision of computer-controlled industrial milling processes and therefore provides the usual perfect accuracy and the resulting high-quality surfaces of the machining processes and exploits the potential of 3D printing. The Orlas Creator hybrid exceeds the possibilities of conventional milling. In contrast to traditional methods, the OR laser allows the milling head to process structures and surfaces that are normally inaccessible, such as internal contours, undercuts or hidden cooling channels. The hybrid system offers all the outstanding 3D printing capabilities of its predecessor: 250 W laser power at a spot size of 40 μm, laser processing speeds of 3,500 mm/second, 110 mm diameter of the construction platform and a maximum component height of 100 mm.

This article was first published by Konstruktionspraxis.

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