Selective Laser Melting (SLM) is a method of applying additive processes to metal, and is also sometimes referred to as Powder Bed Fusion.

Much like other forms of 3D printing, a printable file and settings are selected for print. The printer begins by setting an even layer of the desired metal powder on the print bed, and a high-powered laser fully melts the metal in the exact areas dictated by the model. The next layer is set and the printer continues to melt and fuse each layer until the print is completed. The SLM print process produces objects that are very dense and strong. Parts can be manufactured using stainless steel, tool steel, titanium, cobalt, chrome and aluminum. Conventional manufacturing has limitations when it comes to the production of complex parts; the additive process overcomes them.

Applications for this technology are multiplying and currently include aerospace, automotive industry and healthcare.


Though it is growing in popularity and use, SLM is not the only method of metal 3D printing.

Direct Metal Laser Sintering is another method. Instead of heating the metal to liquefaction, it is heated to slightly above the melting point. This allows the metal to bond on a molecular level, essentially ‘baking’ the metal print, much like a ceramic vase in a kiln. SLM and DMLS offer similar results, but there are some differences. SLM parts are typically more dense than DMLS components, whereas DMLS can be applied to a slightly wider range of metals than SLM.


i3D is proud to be working with Shining 3D to bring you the EP-M series.

The EP-M series is a premium line of SLM (Selective Laser Melting) 3D printers that fuses ultra-fine layers of powdered metal using lasers. The result? Metal alloy components of nearly 100% density without need for tools or tooling. Dream BIG dreams. These printers can implement constructive solutions for a wide range of academic, commercial and industrial needs.

Your organization needs a high-caliber workhorse like this. And the EP-M series is a good connect with your core values:

First Class Results

  • Creates high density, high-integrity components thanks to unique scanning path and inert gas chamber
  • High precision print quality for final product (thin layer-thickness)
  • Adjustable print quality and strength for draft design
  • Efficient prints (intelligent powder coating method and rapid scanning speed)
  • Highly stable platform enables over 200 hours of continuous operation
  • Wide range of applications including: aerospace, biomedical, automotive, engineering, R&D, jewelry, industry, injection molding and resource development

Highly Practical

  • Create components using a diverse range of metal powders including: stainless steel, high temperature nickel base alloy, maraging steel, titanium alloy, cobalt chromium alloy, aluminum alloy, high strength steel, copper alloy and tungsten alloy
  • Open source (will support metal powders from any supplier)
  • Touchscreen control console offers full visualization for user-friendly operation
  • Printing process can be monitored, controlled and diagnosed from a cellphone or laptop
  • Multiple built-in safety systems
  • Eplus control software allows use of 3rd party .stl processing software like NETFABB and Materialize Magics  

Low Cost Operation

  • Over 90% material utilization rate
  • Total power consumption as low as 1kW
  • Low gas usage (automatic flow control and circulation filtration of inert gas)

The EP-M line of metal 3D printers will not be listed in our store, so please take a moment and request a quote by clicking the button below.


The EP-M line of metal 3D printers will not be listed in our store, so please take a moment and request a quote by clicking the button below.

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