An excellent alternative to casting, Aluminium is used to create parts with fine walls and complex geometry. Aluminium offers good strength and hardness thanks to the combination of silica/magnesium. It also features good dynamic properties and is therefore used for parts subject to high loads. Standard building parameters completely melt the powder in the entire part. Parts made of Aluminium can be machined, wire eroded
and electrical discharge machinedб welded, micro-blasted, polished and coated. Unexposed powder can be re- used.
- Direct manufacture of functional prototypes, small production runs, user-specific products or spares - Parts that require a combination of good thermal properties with low weight
The mechanical characteristics of Inconel enable the production of parts for aeronautics. The DMLS process allows to produce Inconel parts quick, while being affordable. This material is ideal for many high temperature applications such as instrumentation parts, gas turbine parts, power and process industry parts. Material also possesses excellent cryogenic properties and potential for cryogenic applications. Standard processing parameters use full melting of the entire geometry, typically with 20 μm layer thickness. Parts built from Inconel can be easily post-hardened to by precipitation-hardening heat treatments. In both as-built and age hardened states the parts can be machined, spark-eroded, welded, micro shot-peened, polished and coated if required.
- Aero and land based turbine engine parts
- Rocket and space application components
- Chemical and process industry parts
- Oil well, petroleum and natural gas industry parts
The excellent mechanical properties of titanium make it a very sought-after material in theaeronauticalindustry. It is biocompatible and is particularly adapted to themedicalsector, mainly for implants. Titanium is widely used in additive manufacturing as it reduces material waste, time, labor and money saving in comparison with traditional processes (many titanium aerospace components are machined from solid stock, often cutting away 90% or more of the original material). Laser-sintered titanium retains the beneficial properties of the metal and involves no tool-wear or coolant costs. In addition, nearly any geometry, including thin walls, can be created with laser-sintering.
- Spare parts requiring good corrosion resistance properties
- Direct manufacture of functional prototypes, small series products, individualized products - Parts requiring a combination of high mechanical properties and low specific weight
- Structural and engine components for aerospace and motor racing applications, etc.