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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).

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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.

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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
  • Production tools
  • Tooling such as molds and inserts
  • Rigid housings
  • Ductwork
  • Spare parts
  • Heat exchangers and heatsinks

Choose Metal 3D Printing
When You Need…

  • Mechanical properties similar to those of casted parts
  • Lightweight metal parts
  • Shorter production cycles
  • Economical and fast production of complex parts

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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 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 250 x 250 x 300 mm
Surface structure Unfinished parts typically have a rough surface but various finishing degrees can achieve smooth surfaces

Materials for Metal 3D Printing

For more material properties and technical specifications, please visit our Resource Center to download the material datasheets