Be Brief: Metal

The interior of the new 3D metal printer, which is illuminated from within.
The interior of the new 3D metal printer, which is illuminated from within.
Direct metal printing (DMP) allows manufacturers to create fine parts from metal powders.
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Michigan Tech adds a 3D metal printer to its facilities.

When it comes to 3D printing, why stop at plastic? 3D printing continues to revolutionize a number of industries, including toys, adaptive aids, and even COVID-19 personal protective equipment and life-saving tools, so it comes as no surprise that the concept has been applied to metal. Direct metal printing (DMP) allows manufacturers to create fine parts from metal powders. Called additive manufacturing, the printers add metal bit by bit. Traditional manufacturing is all about subtracting — taking away metal to make a part. DMP is the inverse. Depending on what’s needed, Michigan Technological University’s 3D Systems DMP 350 metal printer is capable of fabricating the smallest of screws or an entire engine block.

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Michigan Technological University’s 3D Systems  DMP 350 metal printer can print 11 standard materials, including bio-grade titanium, cobalt/chromium, aluminum and several different steel grades.

Michigan Technological University is a public research university founded in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan, and is home to more than 7,000 students from 55 countries around the world. Consistently ranked among the best universities in the country for return on investment, the University offers more than 125 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, computing, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and the arts. The rural campus is situated just miles from Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, offering year-round opportunities for outdoor adventure.

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