Everything starts from the designer: this is where the Laser Metal Fusion technology focuses.
One thing is designing and producing a ring, another is exploiting a 3D CAD design software to the highest levels, being able to create unique items, not duplicable, recognizable objects of an upscale style.
This is where we have to transfer all the knowledge of the master goldsmiths who have been working metal with their hands for years, shaping the finished objects starting from the raw material.
Today’s youth must learn the techniques, the limits and possibilities of the Laser Metal Fusion process.
The starting point is always a 3D CAD file, which is then transferred to a software Cam.
This allows to prepare the file for all subsequent stages of processing, such as:
1) Supporting: reticulated column or tree constructions designed to support and harness the parts of the component as it’s being fabricated.
2) Slicing: subdivision of the STL file into “slices” parallel to the laser focusing plane.
3) Hatching: creation of the path of the laser beam for each individual slice.
Even before loading the job in the machine we know what the investment of precious metal and the time needed for the creation will be, this in order to have an accurate and clear quotation without having to freeze any unessential precious material.
Once the file is ready it’s loaded into the machine to begin with the creation. At this point only the powder just necessary to perform the job is actually used: the layers are created through a brush and a piston and fused by the laser beam to create the finished object.
At the end of the process:
1) The item is extracted from the machine
2) The unused powder is recovered and kept aside for the next realizations, therefore making the process very ecological considering the almost total absence of wasted material.
Now the object only needs to be finished by some expert hands: it’s time to smooth its unfinished surface to make it shine bright, making it ready for the shop windows.