Direct Metal Laser Sintering
(DMLS) 3D Printing Services
End-Use Metal 3D Printing
Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) enables the production of robust and durable 3D printed metal prototypes and production runs. Metal 3D printing enables unparalleled manufacturing freedom, allowing them to create mechanically consistent end-use parts using a wide range of metals and alloys.
STEP | STP | SLDPRT | STL | DXF | IPT | 3MF | 3DXML | PRT | SAT files
10" x 12"
Max X/Y Build Volume
MM Part Tolerances
High Performance Materials
8 - 12 Day
Average Lead Time
Materials | Direct Metal Laser Sintering
Stainless Steel 316LCorrosion- Resistant Steel Alloy
316L Stainless Steel is produced using a powder bed technology known as direct metal laser sintering. 316L stainless steel is a widely used high-strength, high-hardness metal with excellent corrosion resistance ideal for automotive, industrial & aerospace applications.
Stainless Steel 17-4High Strength & Hardness
Stainless steel 17-4 is widely used in engineering applications which require corrosion resistance and strength. Commonly used in applications that require high strength and durability, such as in aerospace, chemical processing, and in the manufacturing of mechanical components.
Aluminum AlSi10MgLightweight Alloy
Aluminum AlSi10Mg is produced using a powder bed 3D Printing technology known as direct metal laser sintering. AlSi10Mg is widely used for light weight, thin wall parts for aerospace and automotive applications. AlSi10Mg offers fantastic machinability as well as good thermal and strength properties.
Titanium Ti64Corrosion Resistant Alloy
Titanium Ti64 is produced using powder bed 3D Printing technology known as direct metal laser sintering. Ti64 is widely used for high performance parts that require corrosion resistance and low specific weight and/or biocompatibility.
Material Surface Finishes
Support structures removed and part is shot-peened to a uniform finish. Critical features are hand finished. Surface roughness between 200-400 Ra.
Color & Appearance
Intricate details are usually well-represented and clear.
Minimal to no porosity
|No additional time required|
Critical features hand finished to a high aesthetic quality. Tight tolerance features machined to specification.
Color & Appearance
Polished & Smooth
Details may be lost due to polishing
|+3 business day|
Performance PaintPremium Finish
Painting enables a highly durable automotive-grade coating of 3D printed parts. Parts are hand finished to a high quality and painted using high quality coating equipment.
Matte to semi-gloss
Color & Appearance
Color matching available
Fine details may be lost if polishing is required.
+5 or more business days
Why Use Direct Metal Laser Sintering?
Metal 3D printing, also known as Direct Metal Laser Sintering, offers significant advantages over traditional manufacturing methods. It enables the creation of complex geometries and intricate shapes that are difficult to achieve with conventional techniques. The process reduces material waste, saves time and cost by eliminating the need for tooling or molds, and allows for the consolidation of multiple components into a single piece. Metal 3D printing supports a wide range of metallic materials, enabling the selection of ideal materials for specific applications. It facilitates rapid iteration and innovation, shortening the feedback loop between design, production, and testing. Additionally, metal 3D printing enables on-demand production, reducing the need for inventory storage and streamlining supply chain management. While it has some limitations, such as slower production speeds and the need for post-processing, metal 3D printing provides valuable benefits in terms of design flexibility, customization, efficiency, and innovation, revolutionizing manufacturing processes across industries.
Maximum Build Volume400 x 400 x 400 mm (15.8 x 15.8 x 15.8 in)
Our DMLS machines by EOS have a maximum building volume of: 400 mm x 400 mm x 400 mm (16 x 16 x 16) however the actual usable space varies by material and part geometry. The throughput of Direct Metal Laser Sintering is limited, as parts can only be nested in the X & Y planes in the build chamber. This limits the amount of parts that can be built in a single run, making it more ideal for low volume manufacturing of small highly complex parts.
TolerancesBest achievable tolerances - <100mm: ±0.2mm, <200mm: ±0.3mm, <300mm: ±0.4mm, 300-400mm: ±0.4-0.5mm
Layer Height40 - 80 Microns
Surface FinishUniform, Matte
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Frequently Asked Questions