Direct Metal Laser Sintering
Technology that is embracing a new era of design-driven manufacturing.
Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) allows TURBOCAM to flip the design-for-manufacturing paradigm on its head by offering nearly unlimited potential to create previously impossible solutions. We prefer to call it “MED”: Manufacturing Enabled Design.
Explore the potential of DMLS
DMLS is an additive manufacturing technology that creates metal parts with highly complex geometries directly from 3-D CAD data in hours instead of days or weeks and without tooling. The software “slices” the model into thin layers, which the DMLS machine then builds layer by layer, fusing metal powder into a solid part by melting it locally using a focused laser beam.
Benefits of DMLS
TURBOCAM can build parts up to 250mm x 250mm x 289mm, which are effective for producing prototypes where a rapid delivery cycle is ideal, as well as part production where assemblies with complex geometry are required. The DMLS process offers excellent detail resolution and surface quality with high hardness and strength. Parts can be built in a matter of hours and out of most alloys. We currently offer aluminum, 15-5 steel, 17-4 steel, Grade 5 titanium, Hastelloy X, Cobalt Chrome, and lnconel 718®.
DMLS can also be used for:
- Creating internal features and passages that cannot be cast or otherwise.
- Simplification of complex.
- More rigorous testing since prototypes can be functional hardware made out of the same material as production.
From DMLS to CNC
Since an additive-manufactured part in metal is usually not a finished part, success at DMLS without CNC machining capabilities is limited. TURBOCAM has state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and our experienced staff understands the demands of today’s advanced aero engines. We are uniquely positioned to transition a DMLS “build” to a precision-machined turbomachinery flow path component, by 5-axis milling or by ECM.