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French inventor developing affordable metal 3D printer

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A man in Toulouse, France, is developing a 3D printer that can print in metal, with goals of refining the device through open collaboration.

3Dprint.com reports that Jean-Michel Rogero and his team at Artilect Fablab have developed a machine called StrongPrint, that uses processes that uses TIG (tungsten inert gas) welding and has similarities with FDM (fused deposition modeling)

“Any metal that can be printed with a TIG (welding) process – nearly all common metals would work,” Rogero told 3dprint.com.

StrongPrint feeds wire metal filament through and melted in a weld pool.

The machine is currently unable to print more than three layers without creating a hole, said Rogero.

He is hoping to create a large community, as the RepRap project did, to help develop a printer that is able to create objects in unlimited layers with layer heights of half a millimeter. 

Rogero also aims to keep the cost of making one of the machines under 1000 Euro.

Image: http://reprap.org/wiki/StrongPrint

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