Technology

Metal 3D Printing

Metal 3D printing, or selective laser melting (SLM), combines the design flexibility of 3D printing with the mechanical properties of high-performance metal alloys to create unique, strong, and lightweight parts, even for the most complex applications. Metal 3D printing is ideal for creating fully functional prototypes and end-use parts that may be impossible to produce using conventional manufacturing methods.

Underside of a 3D-printed metal lamination tool with cooling channels for automotive use

Why work with Materialise Manufacturing?

Producing metal parts with Materialise is all about making the complex simple. From working with our Design & Engineering Team to accessing our industry-leading Metal Competence Center in Bremen, we help you take advantage of the flexibility and speed metal 3D printing offers compared to traditional methods. Whether you need prototypes or full series production, you can count on us from start to finish. 

Discover applications of metal 3D printing

Side-by-side comparison of a production suction gripper. One is bulkier and created with conventional manufacturing methods and one is sleek and made with 3D printing
Lower manufacturing costs and increased design freedom made metal 3D printing the ideal choice for this redesigned aluminum gripper.
3D-printed volute at the base of the Firebolt DLX-150 liquid rocket engine
The exceptional thermal resistance of Inconel (IN718) made it an ideal choice for a crucial component in the cooling of a liquid-fueled rocket engine.
Old production line component and new redesigned part side by side
Redesigning two production line components for metal 3D printing improved efficiency and saved Philips Lighting almost €90,000 a year.
Side-by-side comparison of 3D-printed titanium lift brackets. One is solid and the other has an optimized design with holes
3D printed in titanium using a topology optimized design, LIFT Aircraft Inc's new ENDY bracket weighed 40% less than the original, without compromising performance.
Wishbone of a racing car, 3D-printed in titanium
The interior of this 3D-printed titanium wishbone has a honeycomb structure to reduce weight while maintaining strength.

Technical specifications

Maximum build dimensions

Dimensions are unlimited as components may be composed of several sub-parts.

The maximum build envelope is 500 x 280 x 315 mm

Standard accuracy

In accordance with:

  • DCTG 8 of DIN EN ISO 8062-3: 2008-09 for dimensions between 30 and 400 mm
  • DCTG 6 of DIN EN ISO 8062-3: 2008-09 for dimensions below 30 mm 
  • DIN ISO 2768 - 1 g (rough) for dimensions between 3 and 400 mm
Layer thickness

0.04 – 0.09 mm (material dependent)

Minimum wall thickness
  • Standard grade: 1 mm
  • Performance grade: 0.5 mm
Surface structure

Unfinished parts are typically rough, but various post-production finishes are possible

Materials

Choose from a broad selection of materials when you come to Materialise for your metal 3D printing projects.

Grades

Balance performance and efficiency in every project with your choice of Standard or Performance grades.

Get in touch

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