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Meltio Design Guidelines

By March 21, 2021July 22nd, 2021No Comments

Despite the freedom of design that additive manufacturing offers every process for metal 3D printing comes with a set of design rules attached. Below we lay out the guidelines for our Wire-Powder Laser Metal Deposition process.

Note: The design rules laid out below apply to our process in general. If your design requires the breach of a particular design rule but conforms to many others, please contact us, as a satisfactory solution can usually be found for most applications. Further the unsupported overhang angle is given for 3 axis systems, on 5 axis integrations this does not apply, the same goes for integrations with milling machines.

Supported Wall Thickness
Wire > 1.2mm
Powder > 1mm

Unsupported Wall Thickness
Wire > 1.2mm
Powder > 1mm

Maximum Wall Thickness
Wire: not limited
Powder: not limited

Unsupported Overhang
Wire > 45º
Powder > 40º

Hole Diameter
Wire > 1.5mm
Powder > 1.2mm

Slot Width
Wire > 1.2mm
Powder > 1mm

Minimum Pin Diameter
Wire > 4mm
Powder > 4mm

Minimum Feature Size
Wire > 2mm
Powder > 1.5mm

Tolerance
Wire: 0.3mm
Powder: 0.25mm

Meltios WP-LMD metal 3D printing process offers a unique value proposition by combining good feature resolution and part complexity with the lowest part cost in the industry. The scalable nature of our process makes printing large components quick and cost effective with very good material properties.