Powder-Bed-Based Laser Melting with Metal (LaserCUSING®)
Argen Corporation Relies on Concept Laser as a Premium Supplier for 3D Metal Printing Solutions to Provide Precious Metal Dental Restorations
Argen chooses Concept Laser Mlab cusing machines for its open architecture and perfect build volume size
Argen Corporation, the leader in dental digital technology, 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 their 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 9 Concept Laser Mlab cusing machines in their 40,000 sq. ft 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.
About Argen Corporation
Argen Corporation is a worldwide leader in dental alloys, dental zirconia, digital dentistry and scrap refining services with a reputation for consistent quality and superior customer service. Argen is the largest dental alloy manufacturer in the world, offering over 600 precious and non-precious alloys to more than 100 countries. Argen’s innovative digital services provide the most complete digital solution to the dental laboratory including: Selective Laser Melted (SLM) copings in high noble, noble and non-precious, Digital Precious Metals in 20 of Argen’s Most Popular Alloys, SLM Captek, Custom Abutments, ArgenZ Zirconia discs and milled units, Digital Models, ArgenPMMA Temps, ArgenWAX and Digital Scanners.
Argen’s headquarters have expanded to include a 40,000 sq. ft. facility and an additional 80,000 sq. ft. facility in San Diego, CA.
Argen Corporation manufactures products under the following brand names: Jelenko, Pentron, Aurium, Leach & Dillon Alloys, Wilkinson Alloys, World Alloys, Gateway Alloys, Dent-Gold, and Dental Alloy Products.
To learn more about Argen, please visit www.argen.com.
About Concept Laser
Concept Laser GmbH is one of the world’s leading provider of machine and plant technology for the 3D printing of metal components. Founded by Frank Herzog in 2000, the patented LaserCUSING® process – powder-bed-based laser melting of metals – opens up new freedom to configuring components and also permits the tool-free, economic fabrication of highly complex parts in fairly small batch sizes.
Concept Laser serves various industries, ranging from medical, dental, aerospace, toolmaking and mold construction, automotive and jewelry. Concept Laser machines are compatible with a diverse set of powder materials, such as stainless steel and hot-work steels, aluminum and titanium alloys, as well as precious metals for jewelry and dental applications.
Concept Laser Inc. is headquartered in Grapevine, Texas and is a US-based wholly owned subsidiary of Concept Laser GmbH.
For more information, visit our website at www.conceptlaserinc.com.