Protolabs Metal 3D Printing Meets Demanding Part Requirements
Edited by AM Staff
Protolabs’ direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) process is designed for demanding applications. Metal 3D printing unlocks a range of design possibilities that would otherwise be unachievable through traditional manufacturing processes, the company says.
In addition to 3D printing, the company now offers several secondary operations to address the need for process validation, material traceability, inspection reporting, heat treat cycles, quality certifications and several post-build processes.
When your metal part is done 3D printing, you just pull it out of the machine and start using it, right? Not even close.
GE Additive’s Ehteshami says, “To make these parts the ordinary way, you typically need 10 to 15 suppliers, you have tolerances, you have nuts, bolts, welds and braces.” With additive, “all of that went away.” The helicopter project is a detail in a story worth knowing.
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