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Let’s take a closer look at the metal printing process and some of it’s mind blowing capabilities.

What is it?

‘3D metal printing’ or as it is commonly known, ‘Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS)’ is a manufacturing process to create highly accurate and complex metal parts in a short period of time.

The DMLS process starts out with a CAD model being loaded in the DMLS machine. A super-thin layer of Aluminum or Titanium powder is spread out by a roller across the area of the chamber which is then heated up. The powder does not reach melting as it is left to the high-powered 200 watt Yb-fiber optic laser which touches the areas of the layer that are part of your design. The 3D printer will continue to spread out one layer of powder at a time until the design is complete and the end result is fully functioning metal part with 99.7% density.

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Here is a quick run down of the incredible uses of DMLS in your industry

  • Aerospace – Air ducts, fixtures or mountings holding specific aeronautic instruments, laser-sintering fits both the needs of commercial and military aerospace
  • Manufacturing –  Laser-sintering can serve niche markets with low volumes at competitive costs. Laser-sintering is independent of economies of scale, this liberates you from focusing on batch size optimisation.
  • Medical – Medical devices are complex, high value products. They have to meet customer requirements exactly. These requirements do not only stem from the operator’s personal preferences: legal requirements or norms that differ widely between regions also have to be complied with. This leads to a multitude of varieties and thus small volumes of the variants offered.
  • Prototyping –  Laser-sintering can help by making design and functional prototypes available. As a result, functional testing can be initiated quickly and flexibly. At the same time, these prototypes can be used to gauge potential customer acceptance.
  • Tooling –  The direct process eliminates tool-path generation and multiple machining processes such as EDM. Tool inserts are built overnight or even in just a few hours. Also the freedom of design can be used to optimise tool performance.

We are thrilled to of found a leading partner in DMLS and are now offering this innovative and game changing technologies to our customers so get in touch for a quote today.

 

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