Designing for Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS)
Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) is an industrial 3D printing technology that is changing the way metal parts are being designed and manufactured. Since DMLS is an additive manufacturing process, organic designs, complex features, and internal channels can often be easily created. Product designers and engineers can also reduce multipart assemblies into single components, which in turn, reduces product weight and assembly time. To achieve this, it will be necessary to set aside some of the conventional manufacturing design rules, and look for ways to take advantage of the DMLS process.