Powder Bed 3D Printing

Award-Winning Digital Manufacturing: Powder Bed 3D Printing

If you’re looking for high-quality powder bed fusion 3D Printing, 3Diligent ProdEX offers a host of solutions including laser powder bed fusion (LPBF), electron beam fusion (EBM), Multi Jet Fusion (MJF), and Selective Laser Sintering (SLS).

Material options include plastics and metals, including nylon, stainless steel, aluminum, titanium, and inconel.  Certain PBF processes also allow for processing of composite materials, such as glass-filled nylon and carbon-filled nylon.

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Laser Powder Bed 3D Printing

Laser powder bed fusion 3d printing (LPBF) is an industrial additive manufacturing process used to build fully functional metal prototypes and production parts from a range of metal materials into precise, accurate, and strong parts.

A main strength of LPBF is its capability in creating complex parts with cavities, intricacies, and overhangs, otherwise difficult or impossible to achieve with manual, 3D Printing, or CNC machining processes.

Laser Powder Bed Fusion is a material family that includes a collection of branded processes such as Direct Metal Printing, Direct Metal Laser Sintering, LaserCUSING, Selective Laser Melting, and more.  Each process shares the commonality of powder bed printing powered by high power fiber lasers and the ability to deliver high-quality, complex metal parts from 3D CAD data.

If you are interested in obtaining manufactured components using the Laser Powder Bed Fusion process, sign up for a free account and submit an RFQ.

Electron Beam Melting (EBM) 3D Printing

Electron Beam Melting (EBM) is another powder bed fusion 3D Printing process.  EBM creates metal parts in a manner similar to laser powder bed fusion, insofar as it builds successive parts by melting powder one layer at a time by melting metal powder with a focused energy source.  That being said, EBM utilizes an electron beam to perform the melting process instead of a laser, and it does so within a higher temperature vacuum chamber. The EBM process is generally faster than the Laser Powder Bed Fusion process, but this comes with generally rougher surface finishes and looser default tolerances.  A benefit of the process is less residual tension directly off of the build tray, and a similar if not better ability to deliver accurate, strong, and complex geometry designs created with CAD models.

3D Printing Overview

3D printing is the process of building up objects layer-by-layer, adding material as you go. It has emerged not only as a tool for prototyping but also for functional applications (such as replacement parts and tooling) and production parts (that commonly wouldn’t be achievable any other way). Our material library hosts overviews of our different additive technologies, including the powder bed 3D Printing processes we discussed above.

Click the process title to view more information, including additional perspective on our resin, plastic, and gypsum technologies. If you prefer, submit an RFQ and our team will identify and present the most economical solution that meets the requirements of your particular application.

Example of plastic 3D printing

Beyond Powder Bed Fusion 3D Printing

3Diligent’s Powder Bed Fusion 3D Printing service is the most comprehensive in the industry. In addition to powder bed fusion, we also offer each of the major 3D Printing processes.  These technologies span a range of materials that extend beyond what is possible currently with powder bed fusion.

When it comes to 3D Printing, our capabilities are unmatched. From small parts to large, from tight tolerances to near net shapes, from speed to savings, and from prototyping to production grade materials, we are uniquely capable of supporting virtually any 3D Printing project.

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Jef Faulkner, Sr. Mechanical Engineer, HySecurity/NICE

We contacted many rapid prototypers and 3Diligent was the only company with ability to print our large cover parts as a whole. Others were more expensive and required printing & bonding sections to achieve large parts. Website, customer service, and delivery was excellent.

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