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Using the power of metal 3D printing, focusing on low quantity and fast turnaround time, RAPIDTEC can offer a valuable service to their customers, particularly in industries such as aerospace, automotive, and heavy machinery, where equipment breakdowns can be costly and disruptive in South Africa.
Selective laser melting (SLM) is one of many proprietary names for a metal additive manufacturing technology that uses a bed of powder with a source of heat to create metal parts. Also known as direct metal laser sintering (DMLS).
Parts possess high strength and stiffness
Good chemical resistance
Various finishing possibilities
Complex parts with interior components can be built without trapping the material inside and altering the surface from support removal.
Fastest additive manufacturing process for printing functional, durable, prototypes or end user parts
Parts with cavities, undercuts, draft angles
Fit, form, and function models
Tooling, fixtures, and jigs
Conformal cooling channels
Rotors and impellers
3D metal printing is particularly useful for breakdowns and short production runs because it allows for the quick and efficient production of replacement parts without the need for expensive tooling.
This is particularly useful in industries such as aerospace, automotive, and heavy machinery, where equipment breakdowns can cause significant downtime and lost productivity.
With 3D metal printing, replacement parts can be quickly designed and printed on-demand, reducing the lead time and costs associated with traditional manufacturing methods.
Additionally, the technology allows for the production of small quantities of parts without incurring the high costs associated with setting up and maintaining traditional manufacturing equipment.
Furthermore, 3D metal printing can also be used to produce parts for prototypes and low-volume production runs. Since the technology does not require tooling, it can be used to quickly and easily produce small quantities of parts for testing and evaluation without incurring the high costs associated with traditional manufacturing methods.
In summary, 3D metal printing is a valuable tool for producing replacement parts and small production runs, as it allows for fast and cost-effective production without the need for expensive tooling.