On-Demand Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping

A Deep Dive into Metal 3D Printing


This 30-minute Webinar examines how to optimize your design through part geometry, surface finish, secondary operations, and other considerations.

It discusses direct metal laser sintering (DMLS), which is an industrial 3D printing technology that is changing the way metal parts are manufactured. Since DMLS is an additive manufacturing process, organic designs, complex features, and internal channels can often be easily created. As with any process, however, DMLS does come with some limitations that can cause design challenges.

The Webinar takes an in-depth look at how to overcome these process limitations in order to optimize designs for an ideal outcome on the final part.

Topics include:

  • What unoptimized vs. optimized geometry design looks like and how it affects the outcome
  • Design considerations for self-supporting angles, channels, holes, bridges, surface roughness, and orientation
  • How to avoid internal stress and warpage
  • The importance of designing threaded holes instead of chasing them
  • What to keep in mind when considering secondary operations

An audience Q&A follows the technical presentation.