Protolabs Advances 3D Printing Beyond Prototyping
RAPID 2020: Protolabs has launched production capabilities for its metal 3D printing service.
Edited by AM Staff
Protolabs has launched production capabilities for its metal 3D printing service. The new capabilities use secondary processes to improve the strength, dimensional accuracy, and cosmetic appearance of metal parts. As part of the launch, enhanced inspection reporting is also available.
Protolabs uses direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) technology — which is ISO 9001 and AS9100D-certified — to 3D print metal production parts. Once parts are built, several secondary options like postprocess machining, tapping, reaming, and heat treatments are possible, and quality control measures like powder analysis, material traceability, and process validation are taken. The production launch spotlights Protolabs’ effort toward advancing industrial 3D printing beyond prototyping.
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