Selective Laser of a Copper-PMMA System
The Selective Laser Sintering process was used to manufacture green copper parts from a copper-polymer mixture. PMMA was used as the polymer binder for the metal. The green part was fired in a furnace under reducing conditions to obtain a pure metal part. The metal-polymer system and the conditions used to make parts are described in this paper. The effect of laser parameters and particle sizes on part density are also discussed. Keywords: laser sintering, copper, polymer, part density, dwell time, shrinkage.