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3D Metal Printing for the Aerospace Industry

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Direct Metal Laser Solidification (DMLS®) is perfectly suited for 3D metal printing of aerospace and UAV parts. Manufacturing aircraft parts with 3D printing enables our clients to adhere to strict thermal, weight reduction and complex part requirements. Using 3D metal printing in the aerospace industry is also beneficial, as this type of printing holds tolerances off the printer as tight as +/- .002 and prints densities above 99%. This makes tighter tolerance and post-process requirements easily achievable. Our most popular metals used in the 3D printing of aircraft parts and UAV components are Inconel, Haynes, Monel K (thermal properties), aluminum (thermal and weight advantages), and titanium (weight and strength).

Aircraft Rapid Prototyping

Rapid prototyping using 3D printing has been utilized by the aerospace industry for years. i3DMFG­™ uses DMLS® to create designs that cannot be traditionally machined or cast.

UAV/UAS Solutions

UAV/UAS applications are useful in both military and civilian applications. From agriculture to emergency response and mapping, i3DMFG™ manufactures small, lightweight, and incredibly durable UAVs that cannot be traditionally machined or cast.

Spacecraft & Rockets

3D metal printing is a cost-effective solution in the manufacturing of spacecrafts and rockets, as its directed lasers fuse materials together precisely where the part is built, resulting in no waste or scrap metal. This reduces the cost of printing in exotic metals such as titanium and Inconel by 50-70%.

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Metals We Print

i3DMFG™ offers a vast selection of DMLS® standard metal powders. We also specialize in copper, titanium, Inconel, Hanyes, and custom powder applications. An EOS North America MPA (Material Process Applications) partner, our engineers help our customers achieve competitive advantages in design and proprietary advancements.

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Aluminum (AlSi10 and 6061)

Due to its lightweight nature and excellent thermal properties, AlSi10 is our most common DMLS aluminum powder. It is ideal for parts with thin walls and complicated geometries. i3DMFG™ also runs 6061 to achieve better surface finish and strength properties comparable to wrought 6061-T6.

Titanium (Ti)

Titanium (Ti64) is well suited for projects requiring corrosion resistance, strength, weight reduction, and biocompatibility.

Stainless Steels (15-5, 17-4, 304L, and 316L)

DMLS® stainless steel is a medical grade, sterilisable, corrosion resistant steel that hardens to 40-45 HRC after heat treatment. Our stainless-steel equivalents include 15-5, 17-4, 304L, and 316L. Parts made from DMLS® can be machined, spark-eroded, welded, micro shot-peened, polished, and coated.

Maraging Steel (MS1)

Maraging (tool) Steel (MS1) features excellent strength and mechanical properties. 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.

Super Nickle Alloys (IN625, IN718, Haynes 214, 242, 282 and Hastelloy X)

Super Nickle alloys are chromium alloys with superior heat and corrosion resistance.

Copper (GrCop-84 and GrCop-42)

i3DMFG™ is developing parameter sets to print in GrCop-84 and GrCop-42 for high temperature applications.

A NASA developed Copper alloy that is highly conductive for the aerospace industry.

Custom Powders

i3DMFG™ is the market leader is DMLS® powder development. We are able to develop highly specialized powder applications for aerospace, UAV/UAS, rocket, defense, firearms, oil & gas, energy, medical device, automotive, and casting customers.

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