GPI Prototype & Manufacturing Services Inc. (Lake Bluff, IL), a specialist in additive manufacturing using both direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) and direct metal laser melting (DMLM) technologies, recently announced a collaborative research and development project with 3D Systems (Rock Hill, SC). GPI, which is an exhibitor (#3612) at MD&M West this week in Anaheim, CA, provides metal parts with complex geometries layer by layer down to 20 microns that would be nearly impossible using subtractive metal machining. Services include rapid manufacturing of tooling inserts for injection molds, as well as conformal cooling channels, to improve cycle times and part quality.
GPI added a ProX300 and two new ProX200 additive machines from 3D Systems, a developer of additive manufacturing machinery and materials, to its recently expanded production facility in Lake Bluff, positioning it well for this new R&D collaboration.
The joint effort with 3D Systems will enhance GPI's leadership role in the advancement of metal additive manufacturing. Engineers from both companies, including GPI's in-house metallurgist and materials application engineer, will work together on process testing, with GPI providing real-time customer feedback. In this joint effort, GPI and 3D Systems are seeking to further develop the DMLM build parameters to make it more widely adopted by all end users, said GPI's information.
"Leveraging the significant experience and engineering expertise of both our companies to move additive manufacturing to the next level is truly exciting," said Adam Galloway, president of GPI. "This project is going to be good for our customers and, more importantly, [will be] a positive for the industry as a whole."