The Intersection of 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping: Pushing the Boundaries of Innovation

At HLH Proto, we recognize that prototypes are more than just tangible models — they’re functional tools used to assess performance, safety, and quality. That’s why we employ the latest manufacturing technologies to bring your designs to life. For both simple and intricate metal parts, our metal 3D printing service caters to your rapid prototyping requirements. This method is not only versatile for low-volume production but also ensures quick delivery, with a standard lead time of just six business days.

Understanding metal 3D printing

Metal 3D printing is also known as direct metal laser sintering (DMLS), which builds parts one layer at a time. The process is similar to selective laser sintering (SLS), except we use powdered metals and sinter them together in the build chamber to make your part. This method of 3D printing can craft highly complex shapes without supports, and it can do this quickly and at a more reasonable cost than traditional metalworking techniques.

Using metal 3D printing for rapid prototyping is not entirely new, but our techniques and procedures continue to evolve as the technology improves and becomes more understood. Additionally, it shows a lot of potential for many applications, including end-use parts. 

Innovating with DMLS 3D printing

As product engineers and designers come up with new designs, they need reliable manufacturing technologies that can keep up with their needs. These professionals require a speedy, cost-effective, and reliable process that can reduce their time to market and make product development more efficient. Metal 3D printing meets these requirements because:

  • It can create parts that are impossible or more challenging to make with traditional manufacturing methods.
  • It uses powdered metals with dynamic and strong mechanical properties, bridging the gap between end-use metal 3D printing and rapid prototyping.
  • It strays from conventional design-for-manufacturing guidelines by making it possible to make designs in one piece instead of separate assemblies.
  • Metal 3D-printed parts don’t need tooling, reducing manufacturing lead times from several weeks to a few days, allowing for speedy innovation and time-to-market.

Here at HLH Proto, we can be your partner to fulfill your metal 3D printing and rapid prototyping needs. Request a quote and share details about your project to get started.


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