A Deep Dive into Metal 3D Printing: How to Optimize your Design

May 21, 2019 |

Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) is an industrial 3D printing technology that is changing the way metal parts are manufactured. Since DMLS is an additive manufacturing process, organic designs, complex features, and internal channels can often be easily created. As with any process, however, DMLS does come with some limitations that can create design challenges. 
In our presentation, we’ll take an in-depth look at how to overcome these process limitations in order to optimize designs for ideal outcome on the final part. 

Things you will learn: 

  • What unoptimized versus optimized geometry design looks like, and how it affects the outcome 
  • Design considerations for self-supporting angles, channels, holes, bridges, surface roughness and orientation 

David Bentley 
Senior Manufacturing Engineer 
David Bentley is a Senior Manufacturing Engineer at rapid manufacturer Protolabs 3D printing facility in Raleigh, NC. Bentley has more than 11 years of experience in the additive manufacturing industry, and he is currently heading up the direct metal laser sintering division at Protolabs. He has a BS degree in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University.