Protolabs Q&A: Direct Metal Laser Sintering

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In this episode we answer your questions on DMLS with Tasos Pantelis, an Application Engineer at Protolabs and our 3D Champion for Europe. See below for a list of questions answered in this session:
  • Could you give us a top level definition of DMLS and what it stands for?
  • What kind of finish can I expect on a metal 3D printed part?
  • Why would I use metal over plastic in 3D prinitng? What are the benefits?
  • What kind of metal materials do you offer?
  • Are there any post processes available for 3D printing?
  • How do you select the right material?
  • Can you see any future trends in metal 3D printing?
  • Are there any immediate challenges I need to consider?
  • Can the metal dust become flammable? If so, how can this be prevented?
  • How strong are the metal 3D printed parts?