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From the Rapid Tooling Design program, this Direct Rapid Tooling Processes segment features the two most common metal-based rapid prototyping methods: direct metal laser sintering (DMLS), and selective laser melting (SLM). The basic, four-step process for constructing injection molds with these rapid tool techniques are detailed, including: tool design, component building, tool assembly, and injection molding.
By Philip D Rufe, CMfgE
By Ahmad K Elshennawy, Gamal S Weheba, PhD