Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) is also known as ALM (Additive Layer Manufacturing), and is the process of turning powder material into a solid form using lasers to solidify the powder.
Parts can be produced in a variety of materials including Inconel 625, Stainless Steels, Aluminium and Titanium among others. The main advantages of the DMLS process are the short lead times, typically 2-3 weeks, no tooling requirements, the ability to adjust the design from one part to the next. DMLS is a good option when complex geometries are required that would be difficult to replicate in a fabricated part, repeatably and at a competitive price.
DMLS can also be used to test components prior to committing to cast tooling, this process can identify any issues with the design during a testing phase allowing adjustments to be made prior to a production run.
Parts that CTE have utilised the DMLS process for are engine flanges, exhaust collectors, brackets and transition tubes. With components able to be produced in wall thicknesses as low as 0.5mm, DMLS is a very versatile process.
3D Printing, DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering) and Casting are key processes used at CTE for a wide variety of parts.