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Deposition head for laser

United States Patent

October 5, 1999
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A deposition head for use as a part of apparatus for forming articles from materials in particulate form in which the materials are melted by a laser beam and deposited at points along a tool path to form an article of the desired shape and dimensions. The deposition head delivers the laser beam and powder to a deposition zone, which is formed at the tip of the deposition head. A controller comprised of a digital computer directs movement of the deposition zone along the tool path and provides control signals to adjust apparatus functions, such as the speed at which the deposition head moves along the tool path.
Lewis; Gary K. (Los Alamos, NM), Less; Richard M. (Los Alamos, NM)
The Regents of the University of California (Los Alamos, NM)
08/ 565,798
November 30, 1995
This invention was made with government support under Contract No. W-7405-ENG-36 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.