Direct Metal Laser Sintering is an emerging 3D printing technology that has great potential to change the way parts are manufactured. To achieve this, it will be necessary to put aside some of the conventional manufacturing design rules, and look for ways to take advantage of the 3D printing manufacturing process. Some benefits of 3D printing, such as reduction of components, can lead to reduction of weight and quicker assembly times.
Complex features and internal channels that are impossible to machine can also be created. It is important to first understand the limitations of the process in order to design accordingly. We will discuss some of these limitations, such as surface finish, internal features, stresses, and support requirements. Knowing how to work around some of these limitations will open up many new design opportunities.
Jonathan Bissmeyer, Senior Engineer, Proto Labs
Jonathan Bissmeyer is a rapid prototyping and 3d printing engineer at Proto Labs. His focus is on direct metal laser sintering (DMLS), selective laser sintering (SLS) and stereolithography (SL) technologies and he provides guidance to engineers on designing for manufacturability. Bissmeyer regularly consults with product development professionals from a range of industries including medical, consumer products, aerospace and automotive. Prior to working at Proto Labs, he developed new manufacturing processes and managed the supply chain as an engineer at Honeywell Aerospace.
Leslie Langnau, Managing Editor, Design World
Leslie has more than 20 years experience as a technical editor and trade journalist. She has reported, investigated, and written extensively on the following subjects: mechanical automation, industrial networking, additive manufacturing, and automation controls. She has a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University.