While this additive manufacturing process has proven an ideal technology for rapid building of metal parts—including core and cavity inserts for molds—it hasn't caught on with many moldmakers.
Elsewhere, Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) is an additive manufacturing process that is catching on big in many applications, specifically for end-use parts. While it might be a disruptive technology for core and cavity inserts for injection molds for prototype and short run production purposes, DMLS has yet to find its place among moldmakers in those applications. Where it has become beneficial to moldmakers is in the area of conformal cooling channels, which has been quite a successful application.
DMLS was developed by the German firm, EOS, a global provider of laser-sintering systems for e-Manufacturing. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data, accelerating product development and optimizing production processes. It also facilitates mass customization, a production process that was only an idea less than two decades ago.Today, that's an attainable business strategy....