Why choose Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS)?
DMLS is often used when the geometry or structure of a part is not possible to create in any other metal manufacturing process. The ability to manufacture small parts with exceptionally fine detail provides design freedom to produce unique parts which is not possible with traditional manufacturing methods.
Another strength of the parts produced using the direct metal sintering process is their excellent mechanical properties. Parts created using DMLS materials tend to be stronger and denser than wrought materials and this makes them tough functional prototypes. For parts built in Ti64 on our M290 machine, mechanical and density testing results demonstrate that we can match or achieve higher results than standards ASTM F2924 and ASTM F3001. Furthermore, for both non-HIP and HIP treated Ti64 parts from our M290 machine, mechanical results demonstrate we can achieve as good as minimum values given from sheet and wrought bar AMS 4911 and AMS 4928.
DMLS can significantly reduce the time to market. Components require no tooling which means design changes can be implemented quickly, therefore parts can be built overnight and be in use within days.
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