Powder Bed Fusion
Powder Bed Fusion has slowly and surely established itself as the industrial process of preference. Available in nylon and a variety of frequently used metals, this point-by-point sintering process has been the latest technological gold rush in both the aerospace and medical industries, validating these as viable alternative processes in a traditional machining world.
The production of near-net shapes allows for a high volume of end-use parts in nylon and casting-like parts that can require minimal post-processing in metals like titanium, cobalt chrome, and inconel.
Material Class: Polyamide
Use Cases: Medium Volume Production, Strong and Flexible Parts, Near-Net Functional Prototypes and Architectural Models
Value: Reduced Material Waste, Lattice and Generative Design
Precision: Dimensional Tolerance as low as +/- 0.008"
Materials: Metal Alloys
Use Cases: Aerospace and Astronautical Components, Orthopedic Implants, Automotive Applications
Value: Supply Chain Reduction, Reduced Material Waste, Lattice and Generative Design
Precision: Dimensional Tolerance as low as +/- 0.010", Printed parts are machinable