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Prototyping: Metal prototyping material for tooling inserts

Users of DTM's Sinterstation systems now have a faster way to produce fully dense metal parts, prototypes or tooling inserts for injection molding. LaserForm ST-100 is DTM's new powdered metal materia...

January 1, 2001   Canadian Plastics



Users of DTM’s Sinterstation systems now have a faster way to produce fully dense metal parts, prototypes or tooling inserts for injection molding. LaserForm ST-100 is DTM’s new powdered metal material for use with its Sinterstation systems and SLS prototyping process.

Made with a stainless steel alloy, LaserForm ST-100 offers high thermal conductivity for tooling applications, and meets or exceeds the resolution and tolerances of metal parts made via investment casting. Objects made of LaserForm ST-100 can be machined, welded and polished using traditional techniques.

DTM estimates that creating and finishing complex tooling inserts for molding can be completed in five to 10 days.

There are two steps to creating an object from LaserForm ST-100. First, the stainless steel part is created in the Sinterstation using SLS to bond the metal powder. Then the part is infiltrated with bronze in a kiln-like oven.

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DTM Corp. 512-339-2922


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