Quickparts now proudly offers Direct Metal Printing (DMP) services for producing custom metal parts directly from your CAD data. This exciting process allows you to produce metal parts with challenging geometries that cannot be made using traditional subtractive or casting technologies. Parts can be made in a variety of metals that are fully dense and fully usable. Print anything from prototypes to larger production series of up to 20,000 units.
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, stamplng or die casting will allow.
3D Systems Leuven focuses on additive manufacturing (AM), a powerful 3D Printing technology that shapes any desired metal part geometry by melting metal powder layer by layer. The Direct Metal Printing (DMP) technology is applied to build up material in layers instead of removing it in different steps. The metal powder particles pinpointed by the laser quickly and fully melt so that the new material properly attaches to the previous layer, without glue or binder liquid. A powerful fiber laser with high energy intensity operates in the inert area inside the machine. This guarantees that the metal parts being built exhibit a dense and homogenous material structure. The CAD design of the parts directly drives the DMP production machines without the need for programming, clamping or tooling.
The Direct Metal Printing (DMP) technology provides unlimited design flexibility. DMP overcomes the limitations related to geometry and surface retention found in traditional manufacturing techniques. This makes Direct Metal Printing ideal for producing compact components with highly complex anatomical shapes, internal channels, complex surface textures and high levels of detail as well as parts of over 400 millimeter high.
- Perfect for creating complex metal parts quickly
- No costly and time-consuming tooling
- Wide range of metals and alloys
- Increased accuracy, surface finish and feature detail resolution
- Improved part functionality through freedom in design
Freedom of shape
Direct Metal Printing sequentially builds up thin layers resulting in unlimited design freedom. Highly complex anatomical shapes, internal channels, complex surface textures, high levels of detail...
all is feasible.
DMP overcomes limitations related to surface retention as set by traditional casting, welding or milling. Through DMP it is possible to achieve the most retentive surface textures as an integral part of the structure; these are digitally designed and produced without requiring any post-processing steps.
DentWise combines 3D printing with milling to finish implant-abutment connections with the highest precision. Guaranteeing a perfect passive fit as accuracies are better than 20 µm on the implant interfaces. These results were validated in collaboration with the ACTA institute (Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants, 2011, 26(6):1344-50. Optical scan analysis to detect minor misfit on implant-supported superstructures. A. Tahmaseb, P. Mercelis, R. de Clerck, D. Wismeijer).