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).
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.