Metal printing using DMLS: Form 3DS uses the latest Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) machines to produce metal components. DMLS is a process that uses a laser to melt metal powder and build parts up in extremely thin layers, brushing powder over the entire build plate before using a high precision laser to solidify material in the correct locations.

Benefits of 3D printing vs. conventional machining or casting processes

DMLS allows for components to be formed using only the amount of material necessary, drastically reducing material waste by utilizing expensive stock metals much more efficiently. This process also enables products to be formed with highly complex structures, great degrees of detail, and superior material properties comparable to the result of forging methods. Internal structures, small holes, and difficult angles or contours can be easily produced, and labels (such as part identification) can be printed directly onto the component.

Materials

Aluminum AlSi10Mg – Light metal for motorsports and aerospace interior application

CobaltChrome CoCrMo – Super alloy for high-temperature engineering and biomedical applications

MaragingSteel – High-performance steel for tooling and mechanical engineering

NickelAlloy HX – Nickel alloy for aerospace and industry

NickelAlloy IN625 – Nickel-Chromium alloy for aerospace, motorsports and industry

NickelAlloy IN718 – Nickel alloy for Aerospace and industry

StainlessSteel 316L – Corrosion-resistant stainless steel alloy for medical, lifestyle and aerospace

Titanium Ti64 Ti6Al4V – Light metal for aerospace, motorsports and biomedical applications

Material information and mechanical property data sheets are available on the EOS material website: http://www.eos.info/material-m

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