Lincoln Electric and Case Western Reserve University are the lead researchers in a project to benchmark a technology Lincoln developed -- laser-assisted, wire-based additive processing for titanium and nickel-based alloys.
A laser-assisted, wire-based process developed for metal cladding is the basis of a new additive manufacturing concept. Lincoln Electric Co., which originated the cladding technique, is one of a team of researchers in the project — High Throughput Functional Material Deposition Using a Laser Hot Wire Process — which has earned $700,000 in sponsorship in the second round of funding by the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, (now relabeled as “America Makes”.)
Lincoln Electric and Case Western Reserve University are building on additive manufacturing research they conducted under the first round of funding. That earlier project, Qualification of Additive Manufacturing Processes and Procedures for Repurposing or Rejuvenation of Tooling, used 3-D scanning to inspect and map damaged tools, molds, and dies, followed by metal laser sintering to repair the damaged surfaces.
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