SLM Selective Laser Melting rapid prototyping services uses completely melts powder at higher temperatures instead of sintering it. SLM materials consist of finely atomized powder and fused at a higher energy density during the process, ultimately allowing for stronger parts. The high powered laser selectively melts areas of the powder into a mass or pool, tracing the cross-sectional shape of the object layer by layer. A fresh coat of powder is evenly distributed over the build surface by an automated roller, setting the stage for a successive layer to be melted and then bonded to the previous layer. The process is completed until an entire 3D object is formed.
- What type of objects are best for Selective Laser Melting 3D printing services?
SLM rapid prototyping produces parts with complex geometries, thin walled structures, and objects with internal voids or channels. Parts that require high strength, density, or low porosity will benefit from SLM rapid prototyping services. Materials include steel, chrome, titanium, and aluminum with experimental metals under development. The combination of high temperature, proper cooling, and material density result in extremely strong and durable parts using SLM 3d printing. SLM parts do not require support as excess powder helps provide object stability during 3D printing. 3D printed objects created with selective laser melting do not require additional post process and can be machined for additional detail. SLM 3d prints can also serve as functional, production ready hardware.
- Are there any disadvantages to SLM prototype 3d printing?
Selective laser machining services are still relatively new but already being used in industries such as aerospace and medical. In recent tests by NASA, SLM shows promise but with caveats. When compared to forged or milled parts, SLM prototypes are slightly weaker – however they avoid the need to depend on weaker points of failure such as welds in traditional part design.
- Our SLM 3D Printing 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:
1) Budget friendly service with fast turnaround times.
2) A consultative approach to creating your prototype design: service recommendations, 3D modeling, and material selection.
3) The largest network of SLM 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 SLM rapid prototyping services?
Feel free to contact us through our website or over the phone for any questions. SLM rapid prototyping services are still relatively new, but attainable using our network of 3D printing services. We leverage a diverse set of SLM 3D printing services so that your product is done with speed, accuracy, and quality.