Wow! Do you know how hard it is to deposit a flat metal plate without using a substrate? Our gearheads are sorting out how it can be done as we perfect the +1000K’s Arc Metal Deposition technology. See the below photo of a 1 kg steel part deposited in about an hour. Sorry, but we would make you drool if we told you how little it cost us to make this part.
+1000K Update – 6/8/2015
Our goal is to make a metal part using less than half the energy required for sand casting while letting you use less material to achieve the same strength. Lofty goal, yes – but the +1000K just might be the machine to do it! Check out this picture of a tensile test sample made in about 5 minutes.
For the techies out there, this part took about 1.1Kwatts/kg of electrical energy, and is close to full tensile strength as it has no porosity. (For comparison casting requires 1.6KW/Kg of energy to make a part – see the Paper Attached from the July 2014 International Journal of Precision Engineering and Manufacturing-Green Technology)… so we are almost there! Yoon Paper on Specific Energy Usage