Also known as direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) or direct metal deposition, 3D metal printing is a printing/additive manufacturing technology that produces 3D printed metal parts and prototypes. 3D metal printing technology prints metal parts by sintering various metal and alloy particles together. Metal 3D printing can build metal parts in materials ranging from aluminum, cobalt chrome, steel, nickel alloy, and titanium.
Using direct metal 3D printing, you can create complex and intricate geometries in a short amount of time when compared to traditional machining processes. 3D metal printing technology produces parts with high accuracy and detail resolution, good surface quality, and excellent mechanical properties.
Because 3D printed metal parts can often be made of the same metals as production components, including steel, aluminum, and titanium, these parts can be tested rigorously or used in final end use parts for one off production, parts replacement or low volume production.
Currently there are several different processes to create 3D metal parts. Here are some of the most popular methods:
Unlike some facilities that merely run parts as they are sent to them, we have the expertise to work with you to make sure that the part is right for the technology, material and custom finish is selected. Our team will also work with you to make sure your part is designed properly and orientated correctly so that the highest accuracy and detail resolution is possible. Sometimes 3D metal printing is not the best process, so we offer CNC machining for prototyping and production as well as metal castings.
There are many materials available, here are the most common materials:
3D printed metal parts are used in a variety of industries like Dental, Medical, Aerospace and Automotive for both prototype and production needs. Here are some basic guidelines to consider when using metal 3D printing:
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