Linear Mold & Engineering
Linear Mold & Engineering, a mold-manufacturing and engineering firm that has developed expertise in 3-D metal printing, recently completed its newest equipment additions. The Livonia, Mich., company has installed three selective laser melting (SLM) 280 HL Twin Beam 3-D metal-printing machines. That brings Linear’s total number of SLM 3-D printers from SLM Solutions to six machines and a grand total of all SLM and EOS machines to 14 as the company expands capacity to keep up with the demand for metal prototypes, pre-production and production end-use parts.
The company is evaluating machine capacity for each upcoming quarter of 2015, and will be acquiring multiple additional 3-D metal-printing machines throughout the year. Linear anticipates much growth in the design and manufacture of 3-D metal-printed components for the automotive, aerospace and energy industries using both Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) and SLM technologies. “We are also investigating use of other systems, such as E-Beam machines, to complement the current laser powder bed systems,” President John Tenbusch says.