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Property Name   Direct Metal Laser Sintering
Material typePowder (Metal) 
MaterialsFerrous metals such as Steel alloys, Stainless steel, Tool steel; Non-ferrous metals such as Aluminum, Bronze, Cobalt-chrome, Titanium; Ceramics 
Max part size (in.)10.00 x 10.00 x 8.70 
Min feature size (in.)0.005 
Min layer thickness (in.)0.0010 
Tolerance (in.)±0.0100 
Surface finishAverage 
Build speedFast 
ApplicationsForm/fit testing, Functional testing, Rapid tooling, High heat applications, Medical implants, Aerospace parts 
Typical values shown first (Feasible values in parentheses)

Disclaimer: All process specifications reflect the approximate range of a process's capabilities and should be viewed only as a guide. Actual capabilities are dependent upon the manufacturer, equipment, material, and part requirements.