Engineering

3D-metal printing

Next generation: 3D objects made of metal

From motorsports to aerospace: 3D metal printing is the first choice when lightweight components with complex structures and geometries are used that simultaneously are exposed to high mechanical loads of heat.

Metal powder is bonded to CAD-defined objects with unique properties and qualities.

Technically, practically anything is possible: Lattice and honeycomb structures, voids and integrated channels.

Items are produced with low weight and the highest stability, according to our own ideas and requirements, from the prototype to the production of small series.

Whether it’s a roll bar on the Formula One car or a handlebar on the bike of the triathlon world champion.

Material overview and 3D metal printing dimensions

Parameter AlSi10Mg (DMLS) Titanium Ti64 (DMLS)
Relative density >99.5% >99.5%
Absolute densitiy 2.67 g/cm3 4.43g/cm3
Ultimate tensile strength horizontal 400 MPa 950 MPa
Ultimate tensile strength vertical 400 MPa 950 MPa
Yield strength horizontal 200 MPa 880 MPa
Yield strength vertical 230 MPa 880 MPa
Elongation at break horizontal 3% 7%
Elongation at break vertical 3% 7%
Youngs modulus horizontal 70 GPa 100 GPa
Youngs modulus vertical 65 GPa 100 GPa
Hardness 100 HV 400 VV
Build Size 420 x 420 x 400 mm 420 x 420 x 400 mm

Open innovation

For 3D metal printing, we rely on the MetalFAB1 system from Additive Industries.

The partnership with this young, high-end company is based on the common goal of achieving top performance.

We’ve gotten off to a promising start.

Case Study: Additive Industries 2018