3D Systems’ Quickparts Solutions has changed the way product development and manufacturing professionals outsource custom manufactured parts. Since its founding in 1986, the company has pushed for innovations to serve the needs of nearly every manufacturing industry, from space rockets to entrepreneurs trying to build a better mouse trap. “The culture at 3D Systems is one of innovation across everything that we do,” Chief Marketing Officer Cathy Lewis says.
Direct Metal Printing (DMP) is one of those technologies that have led to advancement for the manufacturing industry as a whole. The process uses a laser to melt fine powder layer by layer, resulting in dense, chemically pure metal parts that can be printed within a few days without the need for tooling. This allows the geometry of the component to be optimized and the assembly to be reduced from multiple parts down to a single piece.