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Orlas Creator makes affordable additive metal manufacturing real

Paul Tickle, our metals additive manufacturing specialist, explains an exciting new addition to Laser Lines’ 3D printing portfolio.

The world’s first sub-£100,000 metal printer is a reality. The Orlas Creator by OR Laser, which attracted 34 orders in four days when unveiled at Formnext last year, is shipping this month. As the biggest reseller of OR Laser products across Europe, Laser Lines is ready to provide it to our customers.

This is a market changer. The price at which it’s selling makes it far easier for companies who have been unable to afford a metal printing set-up to get started.

Orlas Creator powderIt is not only the price that is revolutionary about this attractive, compact machine, which took two years to move from concept to finished product. It prints using a 360-degree rotating arm, something not seen on a platform of this size before.

The powder is inserted in cartridge form, too, which is both tidier and easier to work with. With rival machines, the material arrives loose, in a container, from which it’s decanted into a bottle that feeds the machine.

With the Orlas Creator, it’s supplied in a modular unit that simply slots in, and any loose powder is gathered and recycled in the usual way.

Innovations inside and out

Orlas Creator tablet in handIt is operated using a removable tablet, which is mounted on the machine when not in use, where it acts like a regular display. If you’re running more than one Creator, even if they are spread across several sites, you can control up to ten of them at once using the same tablet.

It means you don’t need to have staff on site when the machine is working. They can be anywhere in the world, so long as they have internet access, and can control the machines or change their parameters as if they were standing right next to the machine.

Small, but perfectly formed

With a build volume of 100 x 110mm, OR Laser is aiming the Creator at dental technicians, jewellery designers and small to medium enterprises.

The dental industry might previously have moulded parts in wax and only then used the moulds to cast the actual part they needed in metal, so this will be a big time-saver.

For jewellers, the Creator can print Orlas Creator outputusing precious metals, like gold, silver and titanium, so the pieces can be produced directly on the machine, finished and sold right away. SMEs can print prototypes in stainless steel, tool steel, aluminium and titanium in-house, saving time and retaining intellectual property.

OR Laser’s background is in welding and manufacturing, for which it has always needed in-house expertise in software design and development. By reworking its existing code for use with the Orlas Creator, it has been able to bundle the necessary applications with the printer itself, saving customers a potential £20,000 to £30,000 on top of the hardware cost.

Additive metal manufacturing used to be pricey, and require serious investment. But that was before the Orlas Creator. At this price, it’s more affordable, beneficial, and a less daunting investment prospect for any company that’s ready to make the move to additive manufacturing.

To discuss how the Orlas Creator could revolutionise your metal production process, call Paul or one of the Laser Lines on 01295 672599, email 3dworld@laserlines.co.uk or click the button below today.

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