Metal 3D printing is increasingly becoming the preferred solution for rapid prototyping, especially for unique projects and low-volume production. At HLH Proto, we specialize in using metal 3D printing to create functional prototypes and parts with complex geometries. Our expertise in direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) allows us to work with a variety of materials, including stainless steel 316L, die steel, aluminum and titanium alloys, and nickel base superalloy, ensuring quick and accurate realization of parts.
Why metal 3D printing is a top choice
While we offer other services like CNC machining and die casting, metal 3D printing may be the best rapid prototyping approach, depending on a project’s requirements. DMLS—a key technique in industrial metal additive manufacturing—builds parts by sintering metal powders layer by layer. This method excels at creating highly complex parts and shapes that might be challenging to achieve with traditional manufacturing methods.
Furthermore, as metal 3D printing evolves and becomes more widely recognized, its applications across various fields continue to grow. At HLH Proto, we’re dedicated to staying updated on the latest advancements in DMLS and additive manufacturing. You can count on us to provide custom, precise, and cost-effective solutions.
Design tips for metal 3D printing
In addition to offering metal 3D printing for rapid prototyping, we provide guidance on part design to optimize the printing process. Our suggestions may include minimizing the need for support structures to lower printing costs or using a grid structure when possible to reduce the weight of the part.
One of the challenges in metal 3D printing is achieving a smooth surface finish. Our team at HLH Proto can address this with various finishing techniques, including smoothing, electroplating, painting, and polishing.
For all your metal 3D printing and rapid prototyping needs, HLH Proto offers a comprehensive range of services under one roof. To begin your project, request a free project review along with a quote from our team.