Metal 3D Printing

Complex Functional 3D Printed Metal Parts Made Simple

Direct Metal 3D Printing

Parts built in 7-15 business days

Metal 3D printing allows designers and engineers the ability to quickly, and cost effectively manufacture complex functional assemblies directly in metal with the design freedom of 3D printing.

Metal parts are created using two distinct 3D printing technologies; laser sintering & metal deposition.  In metal deposition, parts are created using metal powder bound in plastic, printed a layer at a time into the shape. Parts created using laser sintering utilize a bed of metal powder, that is melted and bound together using a laser.

Stainless Steel 17-4 PH (Metal Deposition)

Corrosion-Resistant Steel Alloy 

Stainless Steel 17-4 PH is a widely used high-strength, high-hardness metal with excellent corrosion resistance. Stainless Steel 17-4 is produced using new metal deposition technology and adheres to similar design guidelines as Fused Deposition.

Tensile Strength

1250 MPa

Tensile Elongation

6 %

Tensile Modulus

170 GPa

Hardness

36 HRC

Relative Density

96 %

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Advantages of Metal 3D Printing

  • End-Use Parts

    Strong, ultra-dense prints make metal printing perfect for end-use parts.

  • Complex Geometry

    Easily produce geometries too complex to make using traditional manufacturing techniques.

  • Fast Turnaround

    Since 3D printed metal doesn’t require tooling, part turnaround times are reduced from months to days.

  • Simplify Assemblies

    Print complex assemblies in a single run.

Design Guidelines | Direct Metal Laser Sintering

  • Minimum Wall Thickness

.8 mm

  • Minimum Detail Size

0.7 mm

  • Tolerances

±0.3% (with a lower limit of ±0.3 mm)

  • Minimum Hole Size

1.5 mm

  • Minimum Drain Hole Size

3.5 mm in diameter

  • Minimum Text Size

2 mm

  • Layer Height

50 μm - 100 μm

  • Maximum Build Size

250 x 250 x 325 mm 

Note that the DMLS process may cause surfaces to experience overgrowth of roughly .1mm, while diameters can experience overgrowth of roughly .5 mm.

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