Direct Metal Laser Sintering

What Is Direct Metal Laser Sintering

Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) is one of the few 3D printing technologies that directly create a metal part from its 3D computer model. This process is an advancement of powder metallurgy (PM), a mature metal-molding technology that uses heat and pressure to form powdered metal parts.

The working material for this 3D printing process is finely powdered metal. Typically the manufactured size of the metal particles is 20 – 40 micrometers. The particle size and shape limit the detail resolution of the final part. Smaller metal particle size and less variation allow better resolution.

Other resolution limits in this technology are the layer height and the size of the laser spot. Like other 3D printing processes, the model is divided into many fine layers, which are then printed one-by-one to build the final part. Printable layer heights are approximately the maximum size of the metal powder used.

What is Direct Metal Laser Sintering

Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) is one of the few 3D printing technologies that directly create a metal part from its 3D computer model. This process is an advancement of powder metallurgy (PM), a mature metal-molding technology that uses heat and pressure to form powdered metal parts.

The working material for this 3D printing process is finely powdered metal. Typically the manufactured size of the metal particles is 20 – 40 micrometers. The particle size and shape limit the detail resolution of the final part. Smaller metal particle size and less variation allow better resolution.

Other resolution limits in this technology are the layer height and the size of the laser spot. Like other 3D printing processes, the model is divided into many fine layers, which are then printed one-by-one to build the final part. Printable layer heights are approximately the maximum size of the metal powder used.

Manufacturing

The creation of concept models used in early stages of product development. FDM models reduce costs and shorten development timelines, FDM Technology makes it possible to get the products to market faster

Functional Prototypes

The creation of functional prototypes for testing purposes. These prototypes allow to test in real world environments and make decisions that have a dramatic effect on the cost to manufacture to the produc

Fabrication

Fabrication of end-use parts. Without the expense and lead time of traditional tooling or machining, FDM produces end-use parts tough enough for integration into the final product. Ideal for building small quantities of parts while waiting for tooling

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