Powder Bed Fusion Service Provides Flexible 3D Printing Technology Across Plastics and Metals
3Diligent's 3D printing (powder bed fusion) service offers the broadest range of technologies (DMLS, EBM, DLM, SLM, LaserCUSING, SLS, MJF) and materials enabling us to consistently deliver outstanding quality parts. Our ability to leverage supply partners with particular expertise in certain materials and build dimensions ensures we can deliver you unmatched value. Submit an RFQ through our secure portal to see for yourself.
Powder Bed Fusion Service Process Overview
The 3D printing (powder bed fusion) service relies on selectively melting powdered material—commonly nylon or a range of metals—in a powder bed before relayering and repeating. This melting may be executed by a number of different energy sources, usually laser, electron beam, or a chemical reaction induced by a heat lamp. Powder bed fusion is exceptional at producing overhangs and downward-facing surfaces, especially with plastic, where support structures are not needed. On the downside, the temperatures created by the energy source introduce exceptional heat into the part that may cause warpage or undesirable stress concentration. Parts must sometimes be oriented in counter-intuitive ways during the manufacturing step to reduce heat concentration. This means your design might not necessarily print with Z or Y direction pointed up. Parts produced tend to be quite strong and relatively anisotropic, but with a grainy surface finish, which can be addressed through post-processing techniques such as sanding and polishing.
Powder Bed Fusion Service at a Glance
- Standard Tolerance0.005" (0.125mm)
- Stock Surface Finish300-450 µin Ra
- Lead Time2 – 10 Business Days
- Maximum Size14"×14"×15" (350mm × 350mm × 380mm)
- Minimum Layer Thickness.001" (.025mm)
- Minimum Feature Size.005" (0.125mm)
- Minimum Wall Thickness0.04" (1mm)
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