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3D Printing Services For The Firearms Industry

i3DMFG 3D Printing Services Firearms Industry

The first 3D printed gun made sensational headlines. Practically, 3D metal printing (DMLS) is a game-changer for the firearms industry because it allows production innovation, customization, and material efficiencies for military and civilian products and parts. i3D MFG™’s most common DMLS metals used for firearm production parts are Inconel (Thermal & Strength properties), Titanium (Weight, Corrosion & Strength), and Stainless Steel (Corrosion & Strength).

Military Applications                                                 

3D metal printing using DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering) eliminates traditional design-for-manufacture engineering constraints. Cutting edge innovations leading to weight reduction, superior performance, and new advancements in tactical gear are all highly desirable for military suppliers. i3D MFG™ 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 material and 3D print application innovations.

3D CAD models drive the DMLS machine to fuse micro-layers of powder together using 400W lasers on 20 to 40 micron layers of metal powder, creating a nearly 100% dense, fully functional production parts. i3D MFG™ 3D prints conformal cooling lines, lattice and honeycomb designs, and complex internal geometries that are too costly or simply impossible to traditionally manufacture. These innovations result in up to 70% weight reduction, advanced performance, and small batch, custom production in days or weeks instead of months or years.

We produce all of our parts on-shore, meeting all ITAR requirements. i3D™ Manufacturing is a certified woman-owned business, giving our clients bidding advantages with U.S. government contracts.

Custom Firearms Parts                                              

DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering) is a flexible and economical rapid prototyping process that allows small arms manufacturers to review and test custom firearm design and gun components in metal. By utilizing 3D metal printing for the creation of custom metal and plastic components, firearms manufactures can test out new design iterations directly on the gun within days or weeks instead or months or years.

i3D™ Manufacturing specializes in Inconel, Maraging (Tool) Steel, and Titanium DMLS. These materials lend optimal strength and handling for tactical firearms components. Our heat treat process yields additional strength and durability to the parts (ie i3D MFG™ Maraginng (Tool) Steel hardens to average HRC 53).

i3D MFG™ is ITAR registered with U.S. Department of State and follows ITAR protocols in its Bend, Oregon and The Dalles, Oregon locations.  i3DMFG ITAR Certified

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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