Laser polishing of Additively Manufactured Complex 3D Structures

laser polishing - tooth
Following on from the successful Centre feasibility project Laser finishing - improving the surface finish of components manufactured by powder bed and wire based additive manufacture processes, this project seeks to take the basic process developed to date on flat additively manufactured parts, and to apply this to complex 3D structures.  A particular focus is dental applications, chosen because AM is well-established as a manufacturing process for dental implant applications, and the complex 3D shapes required provide a case study for the practical implementation of the laser polishing process.  Only selected areas of the surface of dental implants should be polished – hence the highly selective nature of the laser polishing process is particularly interesting.


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For more information on this project please contact Professor Duncan Hand,