03 May 2018 11:00
Metal additive manufacturing has experienced an explosive growth across a range of industries, which has led to the emergence of more 3D printing metals systems and machines on the market.  Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) is one of the most popular 3D printing technologies, as it delivers high-quality metal components. There are a number of leading players in the market that provide DMLS 3D printers for industrial applications — but can you be sure which DMLS machine is right for your needs? We'll explore the range of DMLS machines available, ...
30 August 2017 16:38
Metal 3D printing was a far-off dream for many manufacturing professionals for a number of years, but now it is not only possible, but easily achievable for most AM operations. This means prototypes and production can be delivered in a range of high-quality metals. One of the most exciting options available nowadays is 3D printed titanium. Today, we’ll be looking at this material’s potential advantages, and the key things you need to know to get the most out of its capabilities.   Why 3D print in titanium? Titanium is already used in a ...
17 August 2017 16:09
Any quality 3D printed model -- whether it’s a prototype, a display model or an industrial part -- begins with a quality material. This is especially important for metal 3D printing, as parts intended for industries such as aerospace, defence and automotive must be manufactured to the highest standards. However, the materials used for metal prints are still quite expensive, and so must be deployed intelligently to ensure operations remain cost-effective. A key part of this is maintaining the purity of all powder materials used for 3D printing. Any printing run ...
28 July 2017 15:54
We’ve already looked at the challenges that come with successfully utilising and removing support structures for 3D printed parts, but removing them from metal parts can prove especially difficult, particularly when a clean, smooth finish is required. That’s why we’ve prepared this short tutorial on managing your support structures for 3D printing with metal, to help avoid any unnecessary stress during the post-processing stage.   Avoid them altogether! As a rule, it’s better to minimise the need for support structures with any form of metal printing, so consider this before your 3D ...
12 July 2017 8:09
The post-processing stage for parts generated using direct metal laser sintering is usually quite involved (far more than SLS prints, by way of contrast). However, with a little patience and the right techniques, a world-class result is easily achievable. In today’s tutorial, we’ll look at 5 practical tips to help you achieve the look and mechanical qualities you want for your parts.   1) Make sure your support structures have been removed cleanly Unlike other powder bed technologies, direct metal laser sintering still requires the use of support structures. As these will be ...
15 March 2017 18:02
“Compared with a traditionally cast part, a printed [part] has superior strength, ductility, and fracture resistance, with a lower variability in materials’ properties.” Elon Musk   While plastic-based materials have been utilised for the majority of additive manufacturing projects since the technology’s inception, recent developments in metal printing materials mean that producing functional metal parts is now not only feasible, but worthy of serious consideration for a range of industries. The possibility of using additive manufacturing techniques to deliver parts with the same mechanical qualities as their machined counterparts has helped open the ...