Metal Rapid Prototyping MachineThe 3D rapid prototyping process combines 3D CAD models and specialized printing machines that cut and additively sinter metal. Applications for rapid prototypes include prototypes, machine parts and production tools.
The specialized printers used for metal prototyping utilize an additive manufacturing technology known as direct metal laser sintering or DMLS. This process allows for highly complex geometries including curved or spiraled shapes with cavities and undercuts. The types of metals that can be used in 3D prototyping include aluminum, stainless steel and titanium.
3D Rapid Prototyping Machine Applications
- Metal washers
- Precision and/or clip springs
- Metal stampings
- Sheet metal fabrications
- Wire forms
- And more!
In some areas, rapid prototyping metal could technically be considered as rapid manufacturing too. Manufacturing is often considered as a process which involves large numbers of the final product but this isn’t necessarily the case. A rapid prototype metal design provides the opportunity to create the finished product quickly and efficiently while avoiding the usual longwinded and expensive processes which can may make production in low numbers prohibitive.
see more ....
The Advantages of Rapid PrototypingThere are many advantages to rapid prototyping including:
As the name implies speed is a major benefit of processes such as selective laser sintering. Whereas earlier technologies may have taken days or even weeks to produce a prototype, these latest technologies can produce a prototype virtually overnight.
If lead time is reduced, it is likely that costs are reduced too. This not only allows organisations to reduce bottom line costs but also allows them to produce alternative prototypes cost-effectively.
Rapid prototyping also enables cost-effective and speedy fine tuning throughout the prototyping process. Designs can be more easily amended and refined, virtually within minutes.