- What is Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS)?
DMLS Direct Metal Laser Sintering prototyping services utilizes fiber optic laser technology to fuse metal powder layer by layer into a solid part. A material dispensing system moves a fresh coat of powder over the build platform to begin a new layer. The laser will trace the object’s cross-sectional shape into the powder, locally melting its boundaries. The metal powder fuses and solidifies forming the first layer. A special blade sweeps a fresh coat of powder over the descending build area and the process is repeated over again. Direct metal laser sintering printing is similar to Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and Selective Laser Melting (SLM).
Primarily used for metals, DMLS prototyping is one of the few production capable additive manufacturing processes. Direct metal laser sintering is capable of producing a prototype and finished object using the same material. DMLS rapid prototyping services are capable of producing objects with complex geometries, fully working assemblies, and internal features. With DMLS prototyping no tooling is required and has the added benefit of building cost effective assemblies for production.
- What type of objects are best for Direct Metal Laser Sintering printing services?
With the ability to produce complex parts in metal, our DMLS 3D printing service will create a wide variety of small to medium sized parts. Industries include aerospace, medical, dental, and product development. For manufacturing applications, DMLS can make complicated machine parts or tooling inserts. Direct metal laser sintering serves roles in both rapid prototyping services and full production manufacturing.
DMLS prototyping has drastically reduced the time required to produce complex assemblies. DMLS prototyping and production is currently being used for various aeronautical programs including the production of parts for the SpaceX rocket engine.
- Are there any disadvantages to DMLS prototyping?
Direct metal laser sintering services requires extensive post processing. Metallic support structures require removal using equipment such as grinder or Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) in order to retain proper shape and tolerances. To achieve mirror like finishes on final parts, surfaces require additional polishing and smoothing. In terms of CAD design, parts are required to be converted to a non-stereolithography format and may incur additional costs.
- Our DMLS Prototyping Services
Our company maintains an exclusive suite of professional rapid prototyping services to suit any industry or application. Our team thrives on industry experience, quality control standards, and strategic alliances.
No matter the complexity of your project, we’ll offer:
- Budget friendly service with fast turnaround times.
- A consultative approach to creating your prototype design: service recommendations, 3D modeling, and material selection.
- The largest network of DMLS rapid prototyping services on the west coast, with access to a diverse set of 3D rapid prototyping equipment.
How do I get started having my object 3D printed with DMLS prototyping services?
Feel free to contact us through our website or over the phone for any questions. Our veteran team have served various manufacturing industries deploying DMLS prototyping services. We leverage a diverse set of 3D printing services so that your product is done with speed, accuracy, and quality.