March 7-8, 2018Huntington Convention Center of ClevelandCleveland, OH

Free Content & Activities at ADM Cleveland 2018

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Sponsored Session: Is 3D Printing the Right Process for Your Metal Part? It Depends.


Thomas Davis  (Applications Engineer, Proto Labs)

Jim Worth  (Engineering Manager, Rapid, a Proto Labs company)

Location: Room 3

Date: Wednesday, March 7

Time: 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Pass Type: Expo (Free) - Get your pass now!

Conference Track: Smart Manufacturing

Vault Recording: TBD

There are a variety of technologies that engineers and product developers can use to manufacture metal parts, and with so many different processes, it may be difficult to select the best option. This presentation will explore your manufacturing options for metal parts and how to design for those options. Four commonly used processes are sheet metal fabrication (laser cutting, bending, and fastening); CNC machining; direct metal laser sintering (DMLS); and die casting. Each process has advantages, disadvantages, and a unique set of design guidelines. This technical training will explain how to leverage each process in order produce well-designed and efficient parts in a shortened period of time.

Attendees will learn:

  • When DMLS works well for a design and how to capitalize on its unique benefits
  • How to design for rapid prototyping with conventional services like CNC machining and sheet metal fabrication
  • When the best time is to move to die casting for production