Designing for Metal 3D Printing

This presentation will set aside some of the conventional manufacturing design rules and explore how to get the most out of direct metal laser sintering.

Date: Thursday, September 21, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour
Sponsored By: Proto Labs


Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) is an industrial 3D printing technology for production-grade parts that is pushing manufacturing to new levels. As an additive manufacturing process, DMLS allows you to more easily create organic designs, complex features, and internal channels. Product designers and engineers can also reduce multipart assemblies into single components, which in turn, reduces product weight, assembly time, and cost.

In our presentation, we’ll set aside some of the conventional manufacturing design rules, as we explore how to get the most out of DMLS.

You will learn:

  • How to design for DMLS, including surface finish and resolution considerations, creating internal features, reducing stress, and support requirements
  • How to manufacture the unmanufacturable such as internal geometry for conformal cooling channels
  • How metal 3D printing allows you to reduce the number of components in an assembly (BOM) by joining components
  • How parts are built on a support structure and its impact

Sponsored By:

Speaker Information:

David Bentley
DMLS Production Manager
Proto Labs

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 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.