DMLS offers many advantages vs traditional tooling including the ability to manufacture complex geometries and shapes not possible with CNC machining. In addition conformal cooling channels can be integrated into designs to dramatically reduce cycle and lead times and lower costs.
GPI offers 5 material choices for DMLS including Stainless Steel (PH1), Stainless Steel (GP1), Cobalt Chrome (MP1), Maraging Steel (MS1) & Nickel Alloy (IN718). GPI is also in the testing phase for Titanium Alloy (Ti-64) & Aluminum (ALSi10mg) and will offer those materials later in the year. Parts can be built in 20 micron layers with a turnaround time of a few days.
The GPI booth will showcase a variety of samples made via Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) along with parts made from other processes including SLS, SLA & FDM. Visitors can learn about material properties and the advantages / disadvantages of each process. Complex tooling will also be on display offering a close up view of conformal cooling channels used to reduce injection molding cycle times.
Additional services include 3D Printing (3DP), Stereolithography (SLA), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), Room Temperature Vulcanization (RTV), Investment Casting, Tooling, CNC Machining, Finishing, Laser Scanning & Manufacturing/
More information is available on GPI’s full range of services at their website http://www.gpiprototype.com or by contacting a sales representative at 847-615-8900. GPI Prototype was founded in 2007 and employs 31 people from their headquarters in Lake Bluff, IL.