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3D Metal Printing Services For The Aerospace Industry

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Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) is perfectly suited for Aerospace and UAV thermal, weight reduction and complex part requirements. Generally, 3D metal printing holds tolerances off the printer as tight as +/- .002 and prints densities above 99%, making tighter tolerance and post process requirement easily achievable. Our most popular metals in Aerospace and UAV are Inconel (thermal properties), Aluminum (thermal & weight advantages), and Titanium (Weight & Strength).

Aircraft Rapid Prototyping

The aerospace industry has used 3D printing for rapid prototyping for years. Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) uses 400 watt lasers to melt micron layers of metal powder together, eliminating binding agents, and producing production parts. Lattice and honeycomb designs for existing and new parts may reduce weights by over 70%. These designs cannot be traditionally machined nor cast but are now possible to prototype and then actually manufacture using 3D print technology.

UAV/UAS Solutions

UAV/UAS have expanded beyond military applications. The advent of civilian UAV/UAS applications for agriculture, emergency response, and mapping creates demand for smaller UAVs that can stay in the air for months. This makes weight reduction and durability priorities in design and production solutions. Lattice and honeycomb designs for existing and new parts may reduce weights by over 70%. These designs cannot be traditionally machined nor cast but are now possible to prototype and then actually manufacture using 3D print technology.

Spacecraft & Rockets

NASA recently sent the 1st 3D printer into space (hyperlink to article). Because of the highly complex geometries and its use of exotic metals like Inconel and Titanium, Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), 3D metal printing, is not only widely used for research, but is considered an cost-efficiency measure (hyperlink to article quote). DMLS uses a 3D model to direct its lasers to fuse material together exclusively where the part is built. There is no waste or scrap metal, thereby reducing the cost of printing in exotic metals like Titanium and Inconel by 50-70%.

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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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