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DMLM Design Guide

Design Guideline: Direct Metal Laser Melting (DMLM)

Direct Metal Laser Melting (DMLM) commonly called "DMLS" is an additive manufacturing process. Parts are built using a laser to selectively sinter (heat and fuse) a powdered metal material into layers.

When working with DMLM, only relevant geometries should be built. Superfluous volumes should be avoided when using this technology. This is because build volume (the amount of material to be solidified), along with the number of layers is what determines the production time and costs, not the complexity of the geometry. 

Overall, the most ideal geometries are small, self-supporting parts that would be difficult to manufacture through machining, are too expensive to investment cast, or are metal parts requiring short lead times.

Learn more about design considerations and key technology information on DMLM by downloading the design guide.