Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Sponsor: Proto Labs
Duration: 60 Minutes
Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) 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 create design challenges.
In our presentation, we’ll take an in-depth look at how to overcome these process limitations in order to optimize designs for ideal outcome on the final part.
Things you will learn:
- What flawed versus 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 and the importance of designing threaded holes instead of chasing them
- What to keep in mind when considering secondary operations
DMLS Production Manager
David Bentley is the DMLS Production Manager and Process Engineer at rapid manufacturer Proto Labs 3D printing facility in Raleigh, NC. Bentley has more than 11 years of experience in the additive manufacturing industry, and he is currently heading up the direct metal laser sintering division at Proto Labs. He has a BS degree in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University.