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Metal 3D printing: process validation for high-requirement applications (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Eric Utley; Mollie O'Brien

Paper Abstract

Many companies are new to additive manufacturing and want to take advantage of the benefits provided by metal 3D printing (lightweighting, component reduction, internal channels) in end-use applications. Oftentimes these applications have high-requirements and call for process validation, material traceability, inspection reporting, tracing heat treat cycles, specific quality certifications, and several other post-build processes. This presentation will help attendees understand how parts are built using direct metal laser sintering, how to design for the process, and the additional resources required for process validation, material traceability, and quality inspections. Whether the attendee is new to additive manufacturing or evaluating metal 3D printing technology for their production project, this presentation will help identify when the technology provides the most value and what to consider when used to manufacture highrequirement parts.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 March 2020
Proc. SPIE 11271, Laser 3D Manufacturing VII, 112710G (9 March 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2544286
Show Author Affiliations
Eric Utley, Protolabs (United States)
Mollie O'Brien, Protolabs (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11271:
Laser 3D Manufacturing VII
Bo Gu; Hongqiang Chen; Henry Helvajian, Editor(s)

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