How to Select Parts for Metal AM
The VELO3DHandbook for Metal AM Part Selection
At VELO3D, we have pushed the capabilities of 3D Printing for mission-critical metal manufacturing. The old rules that required supports on designs prevented parts from being manufactured at the quality levels demanded by leading technology companies. Our handbook on metal AM part selection details the new rules and explains the parts where we can successfully create a strong business case. We can’t fix everything, but what we can fix tends to be mission-critical for companies and can accelerate innovation times drastically.
The Challenge of Stress in Metal AM Printing
One of the challenges in Metal AM Printing is in dealing with stress. Our Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF) process heats metal to its melt point and then allows that metal to cool, over and over, for thousands of layers per part. One of the advantages that we have is a more in-depth understanding of the physics involved in the LPBF process enabling a greater control of that stress. Since stress is a key driver behind the requirement for supports in most LPBF processes and our ability to control it is a key driver of how we can print Metal SupportFree.
Achieving Tight Tolerances in Metal AM Printing
If you are looking at Metal AM Printing, you probably have some concerns about quality. From mechanical properties to geometric accuracy, moving to a new manufacturing technology to produce your design brings up questions. Our materials datasheets can answer most of those but to get the details on feature specific tolerances, it is more complex.
Pushing the Limits of Manufacturing
The merging of well-established welding practices with modern lasers and computers is pushing the limits of manufacturing. We are now able to weld parts entirely from metal powder in a measured, automated, manner resulting in new geometries printed with a high degree of traceability.
Whether you need on-demand manufacturing of existing designs or improved geometric freedom for your next innovation, if your part is made from Titanium, Inconel, or Aluminum (or comparable material) and you can fit it through a basketball hoop, our engineers can help you today.