Sheffield boost to 3D printing industry

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Sheffield University researchers are helping engineers improve 3D printing techniques by making parts that are lighter and stronger.

New methods will also make the process faster and more economical using a cutting edge process known as high speed sintering - HSS.

Unlike commercial 3D printers that use lasers, HSS marks the shape of the part onto powdered plastic using heat-sensitive ink, which is then activated by an infra-red lamp to melt the powder layer by layer and so build up the 3D part.

 

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