DMLS 3D Printed SS316L Hollowed Sphere Plated with Chrome

DMLS 3D Printed SS316L Hollowed Sphere Plated with Chrome

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Process 3D Print, Support Removal, Polish, Electroplate
Material Metal
Quantity 1 pcs
Price Range $1-100
Lead Time 4 workdays

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About Project

Behold, a marvel of modern engineering and artistic vision: a DMLS 3D printed sphere, crafted from gleaming stainless steel (SS316L) and hollowed for a touch of ethereal lightness. Its geometry is a captivating dance of intersecting rings, each meticulously rendered by the high-resolution magic of DMLS printing. The result is a mesmerizing orb, its polished surface catching the light and reflecting it in a symphony of metallic shimmers.

Imagine the intricate web of these rings taking shape, layer by layer, within the DMLS printer. Each minuscule sliver of metal, precisely deposited and fused, contributing to the birth of this awe-inspiring form. The complexity of the design, the flawless execution – it's a testament to the boundless potential of 3D printing, where imagination transcends the limitations of traditional manufacturing.

But the wonder doesn't stop at the surface. This exquisite sphere, once formed, was then electroplated with chrome, imbuing it with an almost mirror-like shine. Its brilliance dances against the stark backdrop, drawing the eye deeper into the mesmerizing interplay of light and shadow. Even the slight imperfections on the supporting rod, where the structure posed technical challenges, add a touch of human rawness to this otherwise otherworldly creation.

This DMLS 3D printed sphere is more than just an object; it's a story. A story of innovation, of pushing the boundaries of what's possible. And at the heart of that story lies FacFox, a company dedicated to bringing the magic of 3D printing to life. Their unique hollowing process, employed in this very sphere, is a testament to their commitment to meticulous craftsmanship and efficiency. It allows for the creation of lightweight, yet robust structures, opening up a world of possibilities for designers, engineers, and artists alike.

So, let this DMLS 3D printed sphere be a beacon of inspiration. Let it remind you that the limitations of yesterday are the stepping stones to the marvels of tomorrow. And when you seek to turn your own dreams into reality, remember FacFox – the name behind the magic, the precision, the art of 3D printing.

Solution

  • Step 1: The intricate geometry of the sphere, with its interconnected rings, was first meticulously rendered as a digital model. Precise calculations were made to determine the optimal layer thickness and printing parameters for the DMLS machine.
  • Step 2: A bed of fine stainless steel (SS316L) powder was meticulously spread within the DMLS printer. A high-powered laser then meticulously traced the digital blueprint, selectively melting the powder particles layer by layer, building the sphere from its base upwards.
  • Step 3: Each minuscule layer, mere microns thick, was melted and fused to the previous one, slowly bringing the digital form to life. The laser meticulously followed the complex path of the intersecting rings, ensuring their perfect execution.
  • Step 4: Once the final layer was laid, the internal powder support structure was carefully removed, leaving behind the hollow sphere. This intricate process, made possible by FacFox’s specialized software, allowed for a lightweight yet robust structure.
  • Step 5: The raw 3D-printed sphere underwent a meticulous polishing process, smoothing out any minor surface imperfections and revealing the inherent luster of the stainless steel. This meticulous attention to detail accentuated the high-resolution capabilities of the DMLS printing.
  • Step 6: For a touch of dazzling brilliance, the polished sphere was then electroplated with chrome. This final step bathed the orb in a mirror-like finish, amplifying its captivating interplay of light and shadow.
  • Step 7: While the sphere’s exterior gleamed with chrome’s perfection, its supporting rod remained deliberately unpolished. This subtle contrast acknowledges the technical challenges inherent in complex geometries while celebrating the human touch behind the machine-made marvel.