Direct Metal Printing (DMP), also commonly known as Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), is an additive manufacturing technology that builds high quality complex metal parts from 3D CAD data. In the machine, a high precision laser is directed to metal powder particles to selectively build up thin horizontal metal layers one after the other. This cutting edge technology allows for the production of metal parts with challenging geometries, not possible using traditional subtractive or casting technologies. A variety of functional metals are available to print designs, from prototypes to production series of up to 20,000 units.
Production of small and extremely complex shapes with no need for tooling
High quality parts ideal for R&D and serial part manufacturing at the tightest tolerances
Industry’s best surface finished parts with exceptional accuracy
Accommodate innovative part design versus conventional processes
Topology optimized parts and mass customization
Complex and thin-walled structures allow significant part weight reduction
Tool and die making
Food and pharmaceutics
Chemistry and petrochemistry
Veterinary and medical devices
Air/Oil/Fuel mixing devices
Customized sporting goods
Weight-reduction parts utilizing complex material removal
Industrial burner parts
Semicon and wafer handling equipment
Customized production line equipment
Titanium Grade 5
Other materials under development and on request.
Specifications for Fastlane Service (Titanium Grade 5 Only)
99.6 - 100%
± 0.1-0.2% with ± 50 μm minimum
Minimum Wall Thickness
0.008 in (0.2mm)
Minimum Feature Size
0.005 in (0.12mm)
Minimum Channel Diameter
0.01 in (0.25mm)
SILC Basic Ra 150-275μin (4-7μm)
SILC Medium Ra 80-150μin (2-4μm)
SILC Polish Ra 34-80μin (0.8-2μm)
SILC High Polish Ra 2-3μin (0.05-0.8μm)
SILC Electro Polish
Any 3D CAD format
(step, x_t, sldprt, stl, etc.)
Standard: Sand surfaces to remove build lines and bead blasted.
Anodized: Electrochemical process that converts the metal surface into a decorative, durable, corrosion-resistant, anodic oxide finish
Heat Treated: Use of heating or chilling, normally to extreme temperatures, to achieve a desired result such as hardening or softening of a material
Polished: Sand surfaces to remove build lines and then apply polishing compound until desired surface finish is reached.
Additional post-processing: Includes CNC milling, lathing & EDM
Ferdie Bruijnen, Vice President of Supply Chain Operations and On Demand Manufacturing at 3D Systems shares his insights on supply chain assurance, and where additive manufacturing and On Demand manufacturing fit into the equation.
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