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DMLS design guideline

17 December 2012 ...

3T was part of the SAVING Project team which had the mission of creating sustainable products through innovative design and additive manufacture.

As part of the project, a set of design guidelines for metal additive manufacture (or DMLS) were produced.  We worked alongside team leader, Mike Ayre of Crucible Design to produce the guidelines.  They include some of the design basics, advice on supports and lattices and a number of examples, including an airline seat buckle, a bicycle pedal and heat sink.

You can find the presentation on the SAVING website. If you are unable to access this presentation or have more questions, please ring or drop us an email.

Extract from DMLS design guidelines - metal AM

Extract from DMLS design guidelines


About the SAVING Project

The SAVING Project is a consortium of seven organisations committed to additive manufacturing. The Project’s objective is to “make more with less – creating sustainable products through innovative design and additive manufacturing”.  SAVING stands for:Sustainable product development via design optimisation and Additive manufacturing.

This means the Project will help the UK rapidly exploit additive manufacturing technologies in the areas of lightweight and sustainable products, benefiting the UK’s aerospace and medical sectors.

The Project partners represent every step in the supply chain for AM technology.  The partners are:

Simpleware: is a hi-tech 3D CAD, FEA and CFD software provider and provides the project with 3D image based software platforms which have the latest design optimisation technology.

Delcam: is a global leading CAD/CAM developer and its CAD/CAM tools interface with new design and process optimisation technologies.

Exeter University: is a world leading material and computing research group and brings academic experts specialised in material structure, AM and computational optimisation to the project.

3T RPD: is a leading additive manufacturer with 50% of the UK’s plastic Laser Sintering capacity and 40% of the UK’s metal Laser Sintering capacity.  It was the first UK AM producer to gain ISO 13845 (the medical industry standard) and contributes to the Project’s expertise on product development.

Crucible Industrial Design: is a specialist in new industrial design and manufacturing solutions for high-value markets.  It specialises in designing for AM to reduce product cost and add value.

EOS Electro Optical Systems Ltd: supplies 3T RPD with plastic and metal Laser Sintering machines and is part of EOS Group which is one of the largest AM equipment providers in the world.

Plunkett Associates Ltd: is an AM specialist and consultant drawing on a worldwide network of specialist suppliers to deliver cost effective, low volume manufacturing solutions.

The Project is funded by the Government’s Technology Strategy Board (TP14/BA036D).

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