The world’s first service to offer titanium 3D printing to consumers.
Titanium has an undefinable coolness factor that few other materials can match. 3D printing is one of the coolest ways to make things, so 3D printed titanium is just plain awesome. Thanks to i.materialise, this awesomeness is now a reality.
3D printing in Titanium uses Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS). Here’s how it works according to i.materialise:
1. A thin bed of titanium powder is laid down in the 3D printer.
2. This layer is then sintered by a very powerful laser and will become the bottom layer of your part.
3. A new layer of powder is applied and the process repeats itself.
4. Your part is taken out of the 3D printer and any loose unsintered powder is removed.
5. In most cases your part will have support structures 3D printed on and around it out of titanium.
6. These supports have to be removed manually using very powerful circular saws and other tools.
7. Once the supports have been removed manual polishing is required to remove evidence of the supports.
8. Then a post finishing step may be required such as polishing the entire part.
On a related topic, the world’s first 3D printer capable a printing directly in gold was built recently. Unfortunately, it’s not yet accessible to consumers.