When it comes to medium-sized production runs of metal parts, manufacturers are often in a bit of a bind. Die casting and metal injection molding require expensive and time-consuming machined tooling, making them impractical for all but large orders. Moreover, this tooling means that any adjustments to a part’s design are costly and slow to implement.
Traditional metal printing technologies like DMLS, on the other hand, have a very high per part cost, limiting their use to prototypes or extremely short runs of specialty parts. While machining produces excellent finishes and tight tolerances, it is expensive for large quantities or complex designs.
Now, you can get production-grade metal parts in weeks, not months, and at a more affordable rate than ever. Plus, direct metal printing is compatible with a variety of stainless steel and alloy metals, so you can make parts to fit a wide range of applications. It’s even a great option for producing durable metal tooling!