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Metal 3D Printing Mini-Guide (DMLS)

This guide will help inspire and inform your decisions when designing for DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering) 3D printed parts.

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This guide will help inspire and inform your decisions when designing for DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering) 3D printed parts.

Xometry offers DMLS in both 17-4 stainless steel and lightweight aluminum alloy (AlSi10Mg).

1. Part Consolidation

Combine assemblies comprised of multiple components into a single, lightweight, printed part– all while retaining or exceeding the robustness of the original assembly.

2. Complex Geometries and Interior Structures

The freedom to design and manufacture complex geometries and intricate interior structures is one of the great promises of additive manufacturing. 3D printing technologies allow you to create parts impossible to manufacture any other way. Think outside the box!

3. Speed

Like all additively manufactured parts, there’s no custom tooling or mold making involved, so your parts are made on-demand. It is an even faster alternative to CNC machining.

4. Metal 3D Printing Finishes

The final product is comparable to a metal casting in terms of fit and finish, and can be post-processed like any other metal part.

  1. Raw: This is the part before any finishes are applied.
  2. Bead Blast: Our standard finish that leaves the part looking bright and clean.

5. Build Volume

Unique to Xometry, we can build aluminum 3D printed parts up to 6″ x 6″ x 6″, and stainless steel up to 9" x 6" x 6". We're among the few manufacturers in the US with this capability.

6. Continue Reading: DMLS Design Guide

For an in-depth look at designing for DMLS, check out our free design guide!

Download our DMLS Design Guide

Team Xometry
This article was written by various Xometry contributors. Xometry is a leading resource on manufacturing with CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication, 3D printing, injection molding, urethane casting, and more.

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