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Students Toured Concept Laser's Headquarters

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mechanical engineering students recently toured Concept Laser's Grapevine headquarters and learned more about additive manufacturing.

Robert Taylor, Ph.D.This was a great opportunity for students who are interested in additive manufacturing to see how the process works in an industry setting. These students are truly the future of 3-D metal printing, said Robert Taylor, a professor in practice in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department who leads the additive manufacturing curriculum and conducts research in the field.

Concept Laser develops machine and plant technology for 3D printing metal components using powder-bed-based laser melting of metals. The company's 3D metal printers process powder materials such as stainless steel and hot-work steels, aluminum and titanium alloys and precious metals and enable additive manufacturing, which involves using digital designs from computer aided design (CAD) software and layering horizontal cross-sections to manufacture a part.

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Sanchita Sheth and Aakibhusen Radhanpuri – both Mechanical Engineering graduate students at UTA – examine 3D products.

Additive manufacturing technology opens up new freedoms to configure components and permits the tool-free fabrication of highly complex parts. Customers come from medical and dental technology, the aerospace industry, toolmaking and mold construction, the automotive industry, and the watch and jewelry industry.

Additive manufacturing technology opens up new freedoms to configure components and permits the tool-free fabrication of highly complex parts. Customers come from medical and dental technology, the aerospace industry, toolmaking and mold construction, the automotive industry, and the watch and jewelry industry. 

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Dr. Rob Taylor (far left) discusses the future of additive manufacturing with Concept Laser executives: (L-R) Joyce Yeung-Director of Marketing, John Murray-President and CEO, and Dan Larke-Director of Sales and Operations for the Central Region.

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering graduate and undergraduate students tour group poses for a photo at UTA Day hosted by Concept Laser.

For more information about additive manufacturing at UTA, contact Dr. Robert Taylor: taylorrm@uta.edu or 817-272-9341.