Surface quality and minimal porosity are two key advantages of the Direct Metal Laser Melting process. Since it is possible to move the print bed in as little as 20-micron increments, objects exhibit a smooth surface quality that minimizes the need for post-production finishing. To put a thickness of 20 microns in perspective, consider that the diameter of a red blood cell is about five microns, and a human hair is about 75 microns thick.
The Direct Metal Laser Melting process minimizes the porosity common with sintering. In fact, it is possible to achieve close to 100 percent density. Enterprises can reuse the valuable unmelted metal powders.
Direct Metal Laser Melting offers short lead times ideal in situations where repeated testing of functional metal prototypes is necessary. Where traditional production times are often measured weeks, the direct metal laser melting process only requires hours or days.
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What sets Objective 3D apart from other companies is our daily use of the technology we promote. Our state-of-the-art service bureau houses 12+ different 3D printing technologies, and we print thousands of parts every year, from small tooling aids, patient specific models, and large industrial parts. This gives us a deep understanding of the capabilities and limitations of each solution, so we can provide you with the best possible option.