Argen Corporation has chosen Concept Laser machines for 3D metal printing of high noble, noble, and non-precious alloys. With 3D metal printing, also known as metal additive manufacturing, Argen manufactures its portfolio of digitally fabricated dental restorations from single unit to long span bridges using LaserCUSING®, which builds these products layer-by-layer directly from 3D CAD data. The metal powder is melted entirely to provide a fully dense, homogenous structure. The end result is high detail resolution and exceptional surface finish. Argen currently has nine Concept Laser Mlab cusing machines in its 40,000-square-foot facility in San Diego.
“Argen has over 2 decades of experience in alloy development so we were attracted to Concept Laser machines because they don’t restrict us to use certain materials, or exclusively enforce the use of an OEM’s powders. It is this flexibility, coupled with developing our own parameters, that made Concept Laser a winner,” says Paul Cascone, Sr. VP of Research and Development at Argen. Argen is actively developing alloys to specifically run on the Mlab cusing machines.
The Mlab cusing machines are the most compatible for Argen’s business, given its smaller build volume is ideal for precious metals as it allows the user to work with smaller batches. “Our digital outsourcing business has continued to double each year. The Concept Laser Mlab cusing machines have given us the flexibility to grow at a rapid pace, while continuing to innovate with new materials. The smaller build plate allows us to utilize high cost precious metals in a lean work flow”, says Anton Woolf, CEO of Argen.
“Concept Laser is thrilled to be chosen as a platform for Argen’s metal additive manufacturing. We admire their approach to innovation and their thought leadership in digital dental technologies”, says John Murray, President and CEO of Concept Laser Inc.