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i3D™ Manufacturing is proud to be the first DMLS provider in North America to own the EOS M290. As an official Material Process Applications (MPA) for EOS, i3D MFG™ prides itself on its DMLS metal powder development and 3D print application innovations.

DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering) is a 3D manufacturing process in which 3D CAD models drive the machine to fuse micro-layers of powder together using 400W lasers on 20 to 40 micron layers of metal powder. Because parts are 3D printed in thousands of micro-layers, there are unlimited options for engineers to incorporate internal cooling channels, curved features, and lattice and honeycomb geometries that are too costly or simply impossible to traditionally manufacture.

i3D™ Manufacturing can print fully functional production parts in days, giving end-use customers competitive advantages in time-to-market, product development, and small batch production.

We commonly print in Aluminum, Maraging (Tool) Steel, Stainless Steel, Inconel, and Titanium and also print in exotic metals such as Monel K 500 upon request. DMLS parts can be post-processed in all of the same ways as cast or machined parts, from polishing to welding to annodization.

Oil & Gas Industry

Haliburton and GE already use DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering) in their Oil & Gas divisions. 3D metal printing eliminates traditional design-for-manufacture constraints because 3D models drive 400W lasers to fuse micro-layers of powder together in linear and organic shapes. Since the DMLS part is grown layer by layer, in tens of thousands of layers, complex internal geometries, conformal cooling channels, micro-channels, latticed and honeycombed designs, and free-form shapes are all manufacturable and economical.

DMLS produces final production quality parts that can be finished in the same way as machined or cast parts. With i3D MFG™’s DMLS production, parts are manufactured in days instead of months, reducing part inventory requirements and allowing custom, one-off part solutions. In an industry as competitive as Oil & Gas, time and innovation have huge value. The process is all on-shore, protecting sensitive designs and costly tool change time and shipping.

Clean Energy

DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering) is a 3D manufacturing process in which 3D CAD models drive the machine to fuse micro-layers of powder together using 400W lasers on 20 to 40 micron layers of metal powder. Because parts are 3D printed in thousands of micro-layers, there are unlimited options for engineers to incorporate internal cooling channels, curved features, and lattice and honeycomb geometries that are too costly or simply impossible to traditionally manufacture.

i3D™ Manufacturing’s DMLS held tolerances are up to +/- 0.002, enabling precise design manufacturing with the option to add material and post process to even tighter tolerances but from a much closer starting point than typically seen in traditional machine or cast parts, thereby reducing costly hand-finish costs. The process is all on-shore, protecting customer designs and increasing speed to market and product testing cost efficiencies.

Heat Exchangers

Efficient fluid flow and heat transfer are critical in the Heat Exchanger industry. i3D MFG™’s DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering) innovations allow assemblies to be manufactured as a single metal part. Because DMLS parts are 3D printed in thousands of micro-layers, there are unlimited options for engineers to incorporate fluid circuits built one inside the other, concentric fluid circuits, curved features for improve fluid flow, and lattice and honeycomb geometries that are too costly or simply impossible to traditionally manufacture. Welds, gaskets and joints can easily be eliminated for further efficiencies.

i3D™ Manufacturing’s DMLS held tolerances are up to +/- 0.002, enabling precise design manufacturing with the option to add material and post process to even tighter tolerances but from a much closer starting point than typically seen in traditional machine or cast parts, thereby reducing costly hand-finish costs. The process is all on-shore, protecting customer designs and increasing speed to market and product testing cost efficiencies.

Metals We Print

i3D MFG™ offers one of the largest selections of DMLS standard metal powders in the U.S. We are one of the few 3D manufacturers specializing in Titanium and Inconel and are the EOS North America MPA (Material Process Applications) partner specializing in custom metal powder applications. Our engineers are experts in Design-for-3D strategies, enabling our customers to realize significant competitive advantages in design and proprietary advancements.

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Aluminum (Al)

AlSi12 is our most common DMLS Aluminum powder and is perfect for projects with good thermal and low weight considerations.  It is an optimal metal for parts with thin walls and complex geometries.

Titanium (Ti)

Ti64 is the standard DMLS powder which is well suited for Medical, Aerospace, Firearms, Energy and Automotive projects requiring corrosion resistance, strength, weight reduction and biocompatibility.

Stainless Steels

PH1 is a medical grade, sterilisable, corrosion resistant steel. It is primarily used in Medical, Firearms, Energy and Automotive applications. After heat treatment, PH1 hardens to 40-45 HRC. Our stainless steel equivalents include 15-5, 17-4, and .316. Parts made from EOS StainlessSteel PH1 can be machined, spark-eroded, welded, micro shot-peened, polished and coated if required.

Maraging Steel

Our maraging steel powder has excellent strength and mechanical properties. MS1 is a pre-alloyed, ultra high strength steel powder most commonly used for tooling applications. Its chemical composition corresponds to U.S. 18% Ni Maraging 300, European 1.2709 and German X3NiCoMoTi 18-9-5. After heat treatment, MS1 typically has a 50-53 HRC.

Inconel (IN718)

IN718 is a DMLS nickel; A Chromium alloy with superior heat resistance and typical heat treatment hardness of 40-47 HRC (370-450HB).  Rocket, space, aerospace, firearms, energy, and automotive industries rely on Inconel.

Custom Powders

i3D MFG™ is the market leader is DMLS powder development. In addition to our established metallurgical partnerships, i3D™ is the first North American EOS Material Process Application (MPA) Development Partner, giving us access to the latest DMLS machine parameter sets and enabling i3D™ to develop highly specialized powder applications for aerospace, rocket, automotive, and casting customers.

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