What is DMLS?
Direct Metal Laser Sintering is one of the few 3D printing technologies that form a direct metal part with a 3D computer model. This process is a progression of powder metallurgy, a mature metal moulding technology that uses heat and pressure to create powdered metal parts. DMP is one of the most impressive 3D printing techniques, as it allows you to print your own designs on metals such as Aluminum or Titanium.
How does it work?
DMLS melts a laser powder in the printer to create your 3D print. A thin layer of aluminum or titanium powder is spread through a roll. The print compartment of the 3D printer is then heated. The laser touches these areas of the layer, which is part of your design, raises the temperature of these areas just above the melting point, and sinters your part.
- Being able to design very complex parts
- One of its most important advantages is the ability to produce parts that cannot be created using traditional production techniques
- Manufacturing speed
- DMLS parts do not need tools (e.g. molds, fixtures, manometers, etc.) that reduce the first part production time from month to day. Therefore, additional technologies, such as DMLS, offer great value for product customization and replacement by offering ways to create short-term, customized products without exposure to expensive tool changes