Wolfmet Tungsten Alloys (Wolfmet) launches its new Selective Laser Melting (SLM) capability (patent pending). SLM will enable the company to produce pure tungsten components and parts at a higher level of complexity and accuracy, primarily for the nuclear imaging sector.
The launch of SLM service complements the existing expertise in manufacturing tungsten alloys across the nuclear, aerospace and motorsport industries. SLM produces complex collimators with extremely fine grids, which enhances the quality of the image, as the photons are channelled more accurately through the collimator to the detector and scatter is reduced.
SLM comprises a high powered laser that fuses successive layers of tungsten powder until a complex component is produced. Wolfmet SLM delivers clear advantages in the design and manufacture of parts such as collimators, for example; Production of highly complex component designs, The ability to make shapes not possible with traditional milling and turning, Improved resolution via thinner septa and smaller apertures, Non-magnetic – MRI compatible, no tooling cost for new designs and prototypes. Selective Laser Melting enhances its service offering to nuclear imaging sector, resulting in more accurate and effective tungsten collimators.