Demand for a greater numbers of 3D printed components using the direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) process from the automotive and aerospace industries are driving growth for Linear Mold & Engineering Inc. To help meet its customers' requirements, the company recently installed its seventh 3D printer - an EOS M280. Linear currently operates four EOS M270 printers and two EOS M280 printers, along with one selected laser melting (SLM) 280 printer.
Linear is a full-service engineering company specializing in the design and build of plastic injection molds for a variety of industries. The company also designs and builds conformal cooling channels for injection molds through its DMLS process for the mold manufacturing market. The growth segment of Linear is the design and build of 3D printed components for both prototype and end use parts for the automotive, aerospace and energy industries.
Since purchasing its first M270 from EOS GmbH in 2005, Linear has experienced continued growth in this segment of its business. Linear's 3D printing business unit more than doubled in 2013 over 2012, creating the need for added DMLS capacity. Linear expects its 3D printing business to rise substantially this year.