Precision Additive, an industrial Additive Manufacturing contract services provider based in Englewood, Colorado, USA, reports that it is adding Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) metal AM to its range of services to meet growing demand for rapid prototyping and small to mid-batch production.
“We have researched the market for industrial 3D printing thoroughly and we see the potential for Direct Metal Laser Sintering [PBF-LB] to be a popular choice among many industries for their rapid prototyping and small to mid-batch production needs,” commented Jason Korbelik, CEO of Precision Additive. “Our customers are indicating a need to receive their metal parts quickly and with tight tolerances and DMLS can deliver on those needs.”
Precision Additive explains that PBF-LB has certain advantages over subtractive manufacturing technologies, such as CNC machining, due to its capacity to produce parts with complex geometries and instant assemblies that can be difficult or impossible to machine. Instant assemblies are not possible to machine all at once, and because they require no assembly with PBF-LB, they have more strength, reduced weight, and cost less to produce when additively manufactured.
Precision Additive currently offers nine high-performance metals for its PBF-LB process: aluminium A6061-RAM2, aluminium A7050-RAM2, aluminium AlSi10Mg, Stainless Steel 17-4, Stainless Steel 316/L, Maraging Steel MS1, Inconel 625, Inconel 718, and titanium Ti64.
Korbelik added, “Depending on the end use of a given part and what kinds of forces it will be exposed to, the metal to produce it will differ. So, we wanted to be sure to offer a wide selection of metals for our customers according to their applications.”