Timeless material meets
Metal 3D Printing holds a unique position in modern-day product development. It allows for the direct manufacturing of complex end-use parts and facilitates tooling for conventional manufacturing technologies, reducing costs and lead times. This technology is also known as Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) and Select Laser Melting (SLM).
How Does Metal 3D Printing Work?
Metal 3D Printing is a laser-based technology that uses powdered metals. Similar to Laser Sintering, a high-powered laser selectively binds together particles on the powder bed while the machine distributes even layers of metallic powder. Support structures are automatically generated and built simultaneously in the same material, and are later manually removed. Once complete, the part undergoes heat treatment.
Why choose Metal 3D Printing?
This technology combines the design flexibility of 3D Printing with the mechanical properties of metal. From tooling inserts with cooling channels to lightweight structures for aerospace, any application that involves complex metal parts potentially benefits from Metal 3D Printing.
Ideal applications for Metal 3D Printing
Fully functional prototypes
Tooling such as molds and inserts
Heat exchangers and heatsinks
Technical Specifications for Metal 3D Printing
|Standard lead time||Minimum of 10 working days, depending on part size, number of components and finishing degrees|
|Standard accuracy||± 0.2% (with lower limit on ± 0.2 mm)|
|Minimum wall thickness||0.5 – 1 mm|
|Layer thickness||AlSi10Mg: 0.03 – 0.1 mm
TiAl6V4: 0.03 – 0.06 mm
316L (1.4404): 0.03 – 0.1 mm
|Maximum part dimensions||Dimensions are unlimited as components may be composed of several sub-parts. The maximum build envelope is 500 x 280 x 345 mm|
|Surface structure||Unfinished parts typically have a rough surface but various finishing degrees can achieve smooth surfaces|