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ACHIEVING THE POTENTIAL OF DIRECT FABRICATION WITH LASERS

Proc 3 rd International Conference on Laser Asssisted Net Shaping (LANE 2001)Erlangen,28 31 August,2001 pp 25 38 Meisenbach-- Verlag Bamberg ISBN3-87525-154-7

K.G.Watkins
Laser Group,Department of Engineering,The University of Liverpool,UK

Abstract: Direct laser fabrication (DLF)is a layer by layer deposition technique with unique possibilities for development compared with other layer by layer methods associated with rapid prototyping such as steroelithography,selective laser sintering or laminated object manufacture. This paper discusses the potential for the development of DLF by placing the technique in the context of the laser cladding technology from which it has emerged,reviewing the current stage of development and by developing some of the principles and concepts that underlie the advanced levels of development.

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