Small-scale or single-piece production of products having complex shapes is almost impossible if we are talking about metal. 3D metal printing allows you to produce products of complex shape, with a high level of detail in single copies or in small batches (up to 1000 pieces). If there is a need to obtain a stainless steel product, 3D printing with metals becomes the only commercially viable technology.
Stainless steel has a high viscosity and a tendency to form a rivet on the cutting edge of the tool, which complicates its mechanical processing. When processing stainless steel, it is recommended to use specialized coolant and a special carbide tooling. Milling of fine decorative elements requires very long processing of the surfaces. Products with sharp internal corners and narrow grooves are almost impossible to produce by milling.
3D printing with metals allows you to get light openwork products of almost any shape. A unified procedure for preparing parts for printing is an additional advantage of 3D printing with metals. This feature makes it possible to print products in small batches, including piece production or personalized products.
For a long time, 3D metal printing was not widely available due to its high cost and low prevalence. Today you can order products printed on 3D metal printers 3DLAM Mid2019 and 3DLAM Mini2019 at the 3DLAM additive manufacturing center in Saint-Petersburg. To estimate the cost, we will need a 3D model and the required number of parts. The production time depends on the equipment load and the order volume, but in most cases it takes from 1 to 4 days. In some cases, the customer receives the parts on the day of the order was placed.