• About Direct Metal Printing (DMP)

    DMP is a powerful 3D printing technology that shapes any desired metal part geometry by melting metal powder layer by layer. This technology is applied to build up material in layers instead of removing it in different steps. The metal powder particles pinpointed by the laser quickly and fully melt so that the new material properly attaches to the previous layer, without glue or binder liquid. A powerful fiber laser with high energy intensity operates in the inert area inside the machine. This guarantees that the metal parts being built exhibit a dense and homogenous material structure. The CAD design of the parts directly drives the DMP production machines without the need for programming, clamping or tooling.

    DMP is an ideal technology for aerospace and defense applications. It allows for the production of small and extremely complex shapes with no need for tooling, and it permits dramatically different part design than conventional processes like machining, stamping or die casting will allow.

DMP Applications

Our DMP printers allow you to create metal parts while achieving fine detail, which is why DMP is perfect for a variety of applications. This includes, but is not limited to:

    • Producing complex parts that cannot be made using traditional methods
    • Conformal cooling channels and latticework
    • Enhanced fluid flow
    • Direct tool-free production of injection molding inserts and cores
    • Mass personal customization of orthopedic, dental, and other parts
    • Parts with cavities, undercuts. and draft angles
    • Reduced-weight and light-weight design
    • Research and development
    • Simplified assemblies and part consolidation
    • Small, precision parts production
    • Topology optimization while maintaining structural integrity

DMP Materials

Guaranteed by our precise layering system, the atmosphere control under vacuum and robust material databases for our LaserForm metal powders.

Starting from metal powder the product will be manufactured layer by layer. Each layer is then melted onto the previous one creating a strong and dense part (up to 99.9%) comparable with conventional manufacturing techniques (milling, casting). In this process almost no waste material is created and complex geometries can be built that could not be manufactured otherwise.

Our Metal 3D Printers

DMP not only meets the needs for DMLS requirements, it exceeds them.

Our direct metal 3D printers produce products, components, and tools with reduced weight, increased functionalities, and simplified assemblies. Save time, cost, and part weight with an integrated precision metal manufacturing solution of 3DXpert software, direct metal printer technology, certified materials, and expert application support.

Metal Technologies in Additive Manufacturing

Why Use Direct Metal Printing?

  • Lightweighting

    Reduce weight, improve stiffness-to-weight ratio through topological optimization, hollowing, applying internal lattice structures and/or consolidating assemblies to reduce fasteners. 

  • Part Consolidation

    Manage your part count and eliminate critical assembly processes such as welding that require extensive quality control and inspection. Reduce assembly time and cost by eliminating the need of sub-assembly labor and jigs and fixtures

  • Fluid Flow

    Rethink design and enable fluid and airflow design to achieve best cooling, heating, mixing or other fluid flow in a part. Make the best of use of CFD by producing geometries that are truly optimized for fluid dynamics and not achievable with conventional production technologies. 

  • Functional Improvement

    Design outside the subtractive tool box and increase the functionality of your component or product by making use of the design freedom metal AM offers.


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