The parts are built up layer by layer from a fine metal powder using a laser beam, thereby allowing even extremely complex geometries to be created.
The ability to produce such parts very quickly enables flexible and economic manufacture of individual parts or batches, which in turn enables design or manufacturing problems to be identified at an early stage of product development and time to market to be shortened.
Metal powders of various properties can be used depending on required application, and unsintered material can be re-used, minimising waste.
DirectTool is the name given to the process of building tooling, typically tool inserts, for injection moulding, die casting, vulcanization, sheet metal forming and other production methods.
Whether for prototype tooling, pre-series tooling or even series production tooling, DirectTool allows tooling to be produced in a very short time and allows design flexibility previously not possible with traditional methods of manufacture.
DirectPart is the direct manufacture of metal parts using DMLS, for example prototypes for die cast or sintered (powder metallurgy) parts, one-off manufacture of specialized products, test parts, fixtures etc.
Small quantities of such parts can be produced in a very short time without any tooling or programming.