Direct Metal Laser Sintering

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Selecting Direct Metal Laser Sintering

Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) is the most widely used additive manufacturing technology used for metal layer-manufacturing parts. DMLS has many benefits over traditional manufacturing techniques. The ability to quickly produce a unique part is the most obvious because no special tooling is required and parts can be built in a matter of hours. Additionally, DMLS allows for more rigorous testing of prototypes. Since DMLS can use most alloys, prototypes can now be made out of the same material as production components.

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The DMLS Process

Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) is an additive manufacturing technique that uses a carbon dioxide laser fired into a magnesium substrate to sinter powdered material (typically metal), aiming the laser automatically at points in space defined by a 3D model, binding the material together to create a solid structure.  DMLS parts are made by a laser systematically melting or sintering a 20 or 30 micron thin layer of powdered metal on to another layer. Once a layer is finished, the sintered part descends into the powder bed. A recoater arm then passes over the freshly deposited powder before the laser begins to sinter the next layer.

Types of DMLS Parts

Basic
Parts that are per the process.. This type of part can be used for fit and function as a prototype and low volume production.
Custom
Custom parts include secondary operations.  These can include painting, plating, decorating, texturing, and threaded inserts. Call to discuss with an application engineer.

DMLS Materials

DMLS Frequently Asked Questions

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