Rapid Metal Parts

How does metal 3D printing work?

Metal 3D printing is based on the technology of selective laser melting (SLM). This production process involves using a laser beam to (selectively) melt metal powder at specific sites. By using this process in several layers over one another, a solid metal component is created from the metal powder. As it is classified as a generative manufacturing process, and due to the analogy with the now widely used systems using plastic (“3D printers”), selective laser melting is also often referred to as “metal 3D printing”.

How does the technology benefit science and the economy?

Components produced using selective laser melting are characterized by high quality material. This guarantees that the mechanical properties of a generatively manufactured component largely correspond to the raw material (metal in this case). It is therefore possible to create complex metal components in a single piece without requiring any particular effort. This means the process is often used as a rapid prototyping process in order to produce usable prototype pieces, individual items, and small batches quickly while keeping costs proportionately low.

What added value does the Rapid Metal Parts project create for Nuremberg Tech and its partners?

The Rapid Metal Parts investment project is strategically related to the field of rapid technologies in the 3D Visualization Center, a competence center of Nuremberg Tech. Its aim, among others, is to provide small and medium-sized enterprises in particular with access to this high-cost technology through project cooperation and joint research projects.