Today, we're diving into the captivating world of Direct Energy Deposition (DED) 3D printing with the revolutionary Meltio M450 system. If you've ever wondered how to transform your part designs into stunning printed prototypes or functional end-use products, you're in for a treat. Today we are going to explore the step-by-step process of going from part design to final print. Let's get started!
Step 1: Designing Your Part
First things first, you'll need to design your part using computer-aided design (CAD) software. Whether you're an experienced designer or a newbie exploring the world of 3D printing, the Meltio M450 system is a reliable, easy-to-use platform that can create metal parts not possible on conventional Powder Bed Fusion printers. Once your design is optimized for 3D printing, you are ready to upload it to the printer.
Step 2: Preparing the Design
To ensure optimal printing results, your design needs to be prepared before it hits the printer. The Meltio M450 system comes equipped with Meltio Horizon, Meltio's proprietary plug-and-play slicer. With the Meltio Horizon software, all of the material related settings are directly in the slicing software, allowing for full control and just a single profile. It also includes to configure your printing cost model easily, allowing you to calculate the cost per part in each project automatically.
Step 3: Loading the Material
Now comes the exciting part – loading the material into the Meltio M450 system. This versatile system supports a wide range of materials, including metals and alloys. Select the material that suits your application, load the appropriate filament or wire onto the print head, and secure it in place. The Meltio M450 system's dual-feed extrusion technology enables you to use different materials simultaneously, opening up a world of possibilities for multi-material prints.
Step 4: Print Preparation
Before you hit the print button, it's important to ensure the machine is calibrated, has the correct build plate and material loaded. This step ensures precise deposition of the material and guarantees the structural integrity of your printed part. The Meltio M450 system simplifies this process through its automatic Z height calibration feature, ensuring consistent and accurate prints every time.
Step 5: Initiating the Print
Now it's time to bring your design to life. With your design prepared, material loaded, and system calibrated, initiate the print process using the user-friendly interface. Once you have the system prepped and ready, just sit back and relax as the Meltio M450 system works its magic.
Step 6: Post-Processing
Once the print is complete, it's time for post-processing. Remove the printed part from the build plate using a wire EDM or a bandsaw. We'll dive more into the steps needed to post-process your part in a future post.
And there you have it, folks! The step-by-step process of going from part design to the final print with the Meltio M450 system. With its exceptional capabilities and user-friendly interface, this additive manufacturing system offers a seamless experience for both beginners and experts alike.
Whether you're a designer looking to bring your ideas to life or an engineer seeking functional prototypes, the Meltio M450 system is here to make your dreams a reality. If you are interested in learning more about what Meltio has to offer, make sure to reach out to one of our additive manufacturing experts today. Happy printing!
Written by The EXBuild Team
The EXBuild Team of application engineers combined their depth of experience and industry knowledge to bring you the contents of this article.