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3D Printing for the Defense Industries

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The first 3D printed defense components made sensational headlines. Practically, 3D metal printing Direct Metal Laser Solidification (DMLS®) is a game-changer for the defense industry because it allows production innovation, customization, and material efficiencies for military and civilian products and parts. i3DMFG™’s most common DMLS® metals used for defense applications are Inconel (Thermal & Strength properties), Titanium (Weight, Corrosion & Strength), and Stainless Steel (Corrosion & Strength).

Military Applications                                                 

3D printing with metals eliminates engineering constraints so prominent in traditional design-for-manufacture projects. Innovations leading to weight reduction, superior performance, and new advancements in tactical gear are all highly desirable for military suppliers. i3DMFG™ is proud to be the first DMLS® provider in North America to own the EOS M280, M290 and M400.4. As an official Material Process Applications (MPA) site for EOS, i3DMFG™ prides itself on its DMLS® material and 3D print application innovations. DMLS® for all of your defense applications is an excellent solution.

3D CAD models drive the DMLS® machine to fuse micro-layers of powder together to create a nearly 100% dense, fully functional production part. i3DMFG™ 3D prints conformal cooling lines, lattice and honeycomb designs, and complex internal geometries that are too costly or 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.

Custom Defense Parts                                              

Creating custom defense parts is a possibility with DMLS®. 3D printing enables small defense manufacturers to review and test custom designs and defense components, including 3D printed titanium and super nickel parts. New designs can be tested within days or weeks rather than months or years.

i3DMFG™ specializes in Inconel, Maraging (Tool) Steel, and Titanium DMLS®. These materials lend optimal strength and handling for tactical defense components. Our heat treat process yields additional strength and durability to the parts (i.e., i3DMFG™ Maraging (Tool) Steel hardens to average HRC 53).

i3DMFG™ is ITAR registered with the U.S. Department of State and follows ITAR protocols in Bend and Redmond, Oregon locations. i3DMFG ITAR Certified

Metals We Print

Offering one of the largest selections of DMLS® standard metal powders in the U.S., i3DMFG provides our customers with significant competitive advantages and design and proprietary advancements. We are also one of the few 3D manufacturers that specialize in copper, titanium, aluminum, Inconel, Haynes, Hastelloy X, Monel K,  stainless steel, and custom metal powder applications.

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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, Haynes 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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