Prototyping with metal AM laser technology
Value to our customers
Turning great ideas into successful products, that is the mission of our customers.
With prototypes made by Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), we enable you to receive functional and resilient prototypes within a very short lead time of two weeks. This enables you to test factors such as usability, ergonomics, manufacturability and materials. Thereby, you can adapt the function and the design of your components at an early stage in the development process. This saves costs and minimizes the investment risk of your company. Some of the values for our customers are:
- Full design freedom
- Quick time to market
- No tooling investment
- The whole 3D printing value chain
Issues with traditional prototyping
Conventional prototype management reaches its limits in today’s engineering development cycles.
In conventional prototyping, there are often problems caused by long waiting times, for example due to bureaucracy or the development of necessary tools. Metal 3 d printing gives you the possibility to Substitute net shape and complex geometries from conventional manufacturing technologies without tooling costs and an improved time to market.
Advantages and benefits of DMLS prototyping
We speed up the process by:
- Global print network with local support
- Immediate printability check
- Instant response time and low administrative effort due to Virtual Storefront or individually tailored frame contracts
Contact your sales representative or an AM Team member directly.
We ensure standards by:
- Global Printnetwork with standardized parameters
- IATF 16949 & ISO 9001 certificates
- Topology optimization & Fatigue analysis
We guarantee data safety by:
- Direct digital connected customer/ GKN systems
- All data is stored on premise (no cloud/ external storage locations)
We support you by:
- Contribute to the customer's design process, incl. recommendation of material selection
- Experience Days: Identify AM value in the product development (Technology Pitch, Pain points, Cost estimation)
GKN AM production examples
For several years now, GKN Powder Metallurgy has been constantly producing prototypes for various areas of application, such as the automotive industry or medical technology.
GKN is supporting engineers in transmission development with prototypes made by Direct Metal Laser Sintering in order to achieve the optimum result for the customer in the shortest possible time. Based on the experience within the automotive industry, GKN has always been able to satisfy the high demands of its customers and in some cases even exceeded their expectations.
Discover how 3D printed prototypes solve traditional product development challenges and much more:
- Issues with traditional prototyping
- Advantages and benefits of 3D printed prototypes
- AM production examples
- The material as a cost influencer