3D printing with metal is the creation process of a metal part in 3D from a digital file. Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, gets its name as it involves the creation of a final model through the overlaying of various thin layers of material. At Addimen, we are specialists in Selective Laser Melting (SLM) technology. This technology differs from other 3D metal printing techniques due to the increased density (over 99.5%) of the parts, the increased dimensional accuracy, and the absence of binders.
– The production of models and prototypes during the development stage of a product.
– The manufacturing of «near final shape» parts.
– The production of short-runs in which the cost of the tools for casting or pressing, for example, are too high.
– The manufacturing of highly geometrically complex parts that cannot be produced through conventional manufacturing (tooling, casting, etc.)
– Manufacturing of personalised units without any extra costs.
A quality part, with a good surface finish requires a meticulous cleaning and post processing procedure. The design of the part must be conceived to facilitate and reduce post processes and their associated costs.
With 3D printing, any product can be personalised and adapted to changing market conditions, without any extra cost.
Thanks to digitalisation and additive manufacturing, spares can be supplied on demand as our delivery time is minimal.
By using a 3D scanner, we can obtain the plans of a discontinued part, which has no available designs, and then print it in metal or plastic.
The basic definition of 3D printing is to methodically add material until an item is created. The consolidation of parts for the production process also saves energy and material costs.