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Mintek acquires laser bed fusion 3D printer

Mintek's GE Additive Concept Laser Mlab Cusing R machine

Mintek CEO Dr Molefi Motuku

14th February 2024

By: Marleny Arnoldi

Deputy Editor Online

     

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National mineral research council Mintek has acquired a laser powder bed fusion three-dimensional (3D) printer, which positions the organisation as a unique player in the mineral processing and manufacturing industry.

The acquisition of the machine, called the GE Additive Concept Laser Mlab Cusing R, follows on the acquisition of the AMAZEMET rePowder ultrasonic atomisation and alloy development machine last year.

Having the 3D printer in its arsenal completes the value chain. From the metal powder produced by the rePowder ultrasonic atomisation and alloy development machine, Mintek is now geared to manufacture metal components and prototypes across a spectrum of industries.

These components can used for the medical, dental, aerospace and automotive sectors, as well as tooling for jewellery, energy generation, petrochemical, rail and maritime applications.

CEO Dr Molefi Motuku says the new acquisition displays Mintek’s dedication to having globally competitive infrastructure. “This ensures that we remain relevant and attractive to partners in industry. The acquisition showcases Mintek's emphasis on scientific excellence and technological advancements, further reinforcing our reputation as a world-class solutions provider in mineral technology,” he adds.

A significant advantage of this technology is the continuous expansion in the range of metals and alloys that can be produced – it will allow Mintek to produce parts with varying mechanical properties.

Mintek physical metallurgy chief engineer Dr Hein Moller says buying the 3D printer in combination with Mintek’s atomisers gives Mintek a significant advantage. “The custom parts and prototypes that will be produced by Mintek's metal 3D printer will solve a diverse range of urgent and cost-sensitive needs,” Moller notes.

Edited by Chanel de Bruyn
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Online

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