Volume 91 Issue 49 | p. 31 | Concentrates
Issue Date: December 9, 2013

Low-Cost 3-D Printer Makes Metal Parts

Labs everywhere can download blueprints for the $1,200 machine and then print their own metal equipment
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE
Keywords: 3-D printing, metal, reactionware, lab equipment, arc welder, open access

These days, a person can buy a basic three-dimensional printer for $1,000 to $2,000 and immediately begin making designer trinkets and lab equipment out of plastic. Building metal objects with a 3-D printer, however, is not as easy: Some commercial machines do work with metal, but they cost $500,000 or more. A research team at Michigan Technological University has changed all that by creating a 3-D printer that builds metal objects and costs only $1,200 . . .

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