A frequent question we get from engineers has to do with how to decide whether to use a 3D printing process using metal materials for their projects. While each project is different and has different requirements, we thought it would be helpful to run a quick post about the most popular applications and advantages of Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS).
Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) is an Additive Manufacturing method that builds prototype and production metal parts using a laser to selectively fuse a fine metal powder. It creates fully functional parts out of metals such as Cobalt Chrome, Stainless Steel, Titanium, Inconel, and many others. The typical users of DMLS fall under these applications:
So, from prototyping to making test parts, or even low-volume production runs, Direct Metal Laser Sintering should be part of your manufacturing process portfolio to consider.
There are a number of key advantages DMLS holds over other 3D printing processes and CNC turning or milling, the most notable of which are the following:
As mentioned in the beginning, Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) may not be the right fit for your particular project or application. Other 3D printing processes such as SLS and CNC metal turning or milling may be a better fit for your project. Click here to learn more about all the manufacturing processes that Xometry offers.