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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 Selective Laser Melting (SLM).

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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

Technical Specifications

Standard lead time

Minimum of 10 working days, depending on part size, number of components and finishing degrees

Standard accuracy

±0.2% (with a lower limit on ± 0.2 mm)

Layer thickness

AlSi10Mg: 0.03 – 0.1 mm
TiAl6V4: 0.03 – 0.06 mm
316L (1.4404): 0.03 – 0.1 mm
IN718: 0.03 – 0.1 mm

Minimum wall thickness

0.5 – 1 mm

Maximum build 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

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Materials

Aluminum (AlSi10Mg)

Aluminum (AlSi10Mg)

  • Good strength and thermal properties with low weight
  • Flexible post-processing possibilities
  • Lead time: 10 working days
  • Maximum part dimensions: 500 x 280 x 315 mm
Titanium (TiAl6V4)

Titanium (TiAl6V4)

  • Excellent mechanical properties with very low specific weight
  • Corrosion-resistant
  • Lead time: 10 working days
  • Maximum part dimensions: 245 x 245 x 270 mm
Stainless Steel (316L or 1.4404)

Stainless Steel (316L or 1.4404)

  • Excellent strength, high ductility & good thermal properties
  • Highly corrosion-resistant
  • Lead time: 10 working days
  • Maximum part dimensions: 250 x 250 x 280 mm
Inconel (IN718)

Inconel (IN718)

  • Exceptional thermal resistance up to 700°C
  • High yield, tensile and creep-rupture properties
  • Long-duration strength at extreme temperatures
  • Lead time: 10 working days
  • Maximum part dimensions: 250 x 250 x 295 mm

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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