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Aerodynamic beam generator for large particles

United States Patent

6,348,687
February 19, 2002
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A new type of aerodynamic particle beam generator is disclosed. This generator produces a tightly focused beam of large material particles at velocities ranging from a few feet per second to supersonic speeds, depending on the exact configuration and operating conditions. Such generators are of particular interest for use in additive fabrication techniques.
Brockmann; John E. (Albuquerque, NM), Torczynski; John R. (Albuquerque, NM), Dykhuizen; Ronald C. (Albuquerque, NM), Neiser; Richard A. (Albuquerque, NM), Smith; Mark F. (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
09/ 394,185
September 10, 1999
This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC04-94DP85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.