Direct Metal Printing (DMP)

DMP is an ideal technology for aerospace and defense applications. It allows for the production of small and extremely complex shapes with no need for tooling, and it permits dramatically different part design than conventional processes like machining, stamping or die casting will allow.
Printers
Material Properties
Materials
Titanium Grade 5 Ti6AI4V 3.7165
Stainless Steel 316-L 1.4404
Other materials under development and on request.
Specifications for Fastlane Service (Titanium Grade 5 Only)
Density 99.6 – 100%
Dimensions 10.8×10.8×16.5in (275x275x420mm)
Part Accuracy 0.1% with minimum of 0.002in (0.5mm)
Minimum Wall Thickness 0.008 in (0.2mm)
Minimum Feature Size 0.005 in (0.12mm)
Minimum Channel Diameter 0.01 in (0.25mm)
Post-processing 17-4
Surface Roughness SILC Basic Ra 150-275μin (4-7μm)
SILC Medium Ra 80-150μin (2-4μm)
SILC Polish Ra 34-80μin (0.8-2μm)
SILC High Polish Ra 2-3μin (0.05-0.8μm)
SILC Electro Polish
SILC Clean
File Format Any 3D CAD format
(step, x_t, sldprt, stl, etc.)
Applications

•  Machine construction
•  Tool and die making
•  Food and pharmaceutics
•  Chemistry and petrochemistry
•  Aerospace engines
•  Automotive parts
•  Veterinary and medical devices
•  Heat Exchangers
•  Air/Oil/Fuel mixing devices
•  Customized sporting goods
•  Weight-reduction parts utilizing complex material removal
•  Industrial burner parts
•  Radiation collimators
•  Semicon and wafer handling equipment
•  Customized production line equipment

Benifits

•  No tooling required
•  Print directly from CAD file
•  Print incredibly complex detail
•  Add complexity with little or no impact
•  Highly dense material makes parts fully usable
•  Wide variety of metals and alloys
•  Short lead times
•  Try multiple iterations on one print cycle
•  Fully machinable finished parts
•  Food grade and sterilizable metals
•  High precision

Case Studies
The University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Energy Engineering (CEEE) sums up its quest to deliver innovative approaches to energy conversion in two words: lean and…
In collaboration with the European Space Agency, 3D Systems produced injectors, combustion chambers and expansion nozzles representative of a bi-propellant communication satellite…
From preoperative planning to patient education to surgical guide production, 3D printing for medical applications is on the rise as physicians and researchers are increasingly…
The conundrum of balancing the design of a part with the constraints of manufacturing has existed since the Industrial revolution.  Conventional manufacturing techniques have…