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Breaking the mold in metal manufacturing

KEVIN PERRY poses near the control station on a direct metal laser sintering machine, which metal powder and lasers to create metal parts layer by layer.

Photo by Kathy Ursprung
KEVIN PERRY poses near the control station on a direct metal laser sintering machine, which metal powder and lasers to create metal parts layer by layer.



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Inside 3D metal printing equipment, a basin, right, holds powdered metal awaiting a laser that will help layer it into a part such as the latticed pieces at left. Latticing helps drastically reduce weight, while retaining structural integrity.

A pioneering company is manufacturing metal products for industrial uses through three-dimensional printing technology at its new headquarters in The Dalles...

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