• Production of High Quality Metal Parts in a Range of Alloys

    Produce metal parts with challenging geometries and optimized for lightweighting, not possible using traditional subtractive or casting technologies.

  • Metal 3D printing process with the DMP Factory 350 and DMP Monitoring

About the process

Overview

Direct Metal Printing (DMP), also commonly known as Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), is an additive manufacturing technology that builds high quality complex metal parts from 3D CAD data. In the machine, a high precision laser is directed to metal powder particles to selectively build up thin horizontal metal layers one after the other. This cutting edge technology allows for the production of metal parts with challenging geometries, not possible using traditional subtractive or casting technologies. A variety of functional metals are available to print designs, from prototypes to production series of up to 20,000 units.

  • Production of small and extremely complex shapes with no need for tooling
  • High quality parts ideal for R&D and serial part manufacturing at the tightest tolerances
  • Industry’s best surface finished parts with exceptional accuracy
  • Accommodate innovative part design versus conventional processes
  • Topology optimized parts and mass customization
  • Complex and thin-walled structures allow significant part weight reduction
Applications
  • Machine construction
  • Tool and die making
  • Food and pharmaceutics
  • Chemistry and petrochemistry
  • Aerospace engines
  • Automotive parts
  • Veterinary and medical devices
  • Heat Exchangers
  • Air/Oil/Fuel mixing devices
  • Customized sporting goods
  • Weight-reduction parts utilizing complex material removal
  • Industrial burner parts
  • Radiation collimators
  • Semicon and wafer handling equipment
  • Customized production line equipment
Materials
Materials
Titanium Grade 5 Ti6AI4V 3.7165
Stainless Steel 316-L 1.4404
Other materials under development and on request.

 

Specifications for Fastlane Service (Titanium Grade 5 Only)
Density 99.6 - 100%
Dimensions 10.8x10.8x16.5in (275x275x420mm)
Typical Accuracy ± 0.1-0.2% with ± 50 μm minimum
Minimum Wall Thickness 0.008 in (0.2mm)
Minimum Feature Size 0.005 in (0.12mm)
Minimum Channel Diameter 0.01 in (0.25mm)
Post-processing 17-4
Surface Roughness SILC Basic Ra 150-275μin (4-7μm)
SILC Medium Ra 80-150μin (2-4μm)
SILC Polish Ra 34-80μin (0.8-2μm)
SILC High Polish Ra 2-3μin (0.05-0.8μm)
SILC Electro Polish
SILC Clean
File Format Any 3D CAD format
(step, x_t, sldprt, stl, etc.)
Finishes

Standard:  Sand surfaces to remove build lines and bead blasted.

Anodized:  Electrochemical process that converts the metal surface into a decorative, durable, corrosion-resistant, anodic oxide finish

Heat Treated:  Use of heating or chilling, normally to extreme temperatures, to achieve a desired result such as hardening or softening of a material

Polished:  Sand surfaces to remove build lines and then apply polishing compound until desired surface finish is reached.

Additional post-processing: Includes CNC milling, lathing & EDM


Customer Stories
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On Demand Services

  • What Can You 3D Print With Metals?

    Design, test and produce metal parts with 3D printing that are simply not possible with standard manufacturing. Create lightweight, high-strength structures and deliver new capabilities.

  • 3D Printing Metal Parts and Materials

    Direct Metal Printing (DMP) gives you complete design freedom to manufacture stronger parts that are light, durable and perform better than other means.

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