By Liz Nickels

Unlike other technologies such as laser sintering, traditional coating or thermal spray processes, DMD Technology produces fully dense metal parts with a strong metallurgical bond to the base material resulting in production parts, the companies say.

The two companies have been working together to develop surface treatment applications for a variety of automotive components and will be introducing inline production late 2014 or early 2015 with anticipated volumes exceeding millions of units.

 “Our company has seen significant product enhancement using DM3D’s laser based technology for surface treatment application and we look forward to continuing our relationship and to implementing this technology in our production lines,” said Jose Valentim Sarabanda, head of product development, Mahle South America.

Automotive developments

“Our company is very excited to team with Mahle using our unique additive metal process for automotive components and we look forward to developing more applications centred on the automotive industry,” said Roger Parsons, CEO of DM3D Technology.