Using 3D printing for fully functional end-use metal and plastic parts is becoming increasingly common in rapid manufacturing with industrial-grade processes like direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) and selective laser sintering (SLS).
With an expanding material selection and improving material properties, designers and engineers have another good option for small quantities of production parts.
Accordingly, our monthly design tip covers this emerging trend.
This month’s tip discusses:
- Choosing the best 3D printing process for your application
- Selecting the right thermoplastic and metal materials
- Designing part geometry for 3D printing
- Using SL, SLS, and DMLS for end-use production parts