October Meeting – Plant Tour- GPI Prototype & Manufacturing Services 🗓 🗺

Please Note: Due to ITAR requirements, all attendees must be US Citizens.


October 12, 2016


GPI Prototype & Manufacturing Services
940 North Shore Dr., Lake Bluff, IL US 60044


  • Doors Open: 5.30pm
  • 6.00PM a company history / background
  • Tour of manufacturing facility.
  • Questions
  • Sandwich/pizza & beverage
  • Departure

Dinner Menu:

Sandwich/pizza & beverage


  • ASQ Members:                $15US citizens only – Facilities orders
  • Non-Members:                $15US citizens only – Facilities orders

Pre-Dinner Synopsis:

GPI Prototype & Manufactuing Services
Direct Metal Laser Melting

gpi-prototype-buildingGPI Prototype is a service provider of Direct Metal Laser Melting (DMLM), the latest technology for prototyping and additive manufacturing of metal parts. As one of the first DMLM service providers in the country, GPI produces metal parts for applications  ranging from prototypes to production. DMLM is also known by the acronym DMLS, although the process results in full melting of the metal powder, so we have begun to use the more appropriate DMLM acronym.

Utilizing the DMLM process, metal parts of the most complex geometries are built layer-by-layer (down to 20 microns) directly from 3D CAD data. Parts built using DMLM have excellent mechanical properties equivalent to wrought materials, high detail resolution, and exceptional surface quality. The metal powder is melted entirely to create a fully dense, fine, homogenous structure. Unique geometric freedom of design enables DMLM to form cavities and undercuts, which with conventional machining methods, can only be produced with great difficulty, if at all.

Additionally, when a part needs to be tested and re-designed over and over, the lead time for receiving a traditionally tooled part can create a large bottleneck in the final production process.

DMLM produces parts that are extremely high quality and can be built in a matter of hours or days rather than weeks or months. The ability to generate functional metal prototypes in short order radically impacts design processes, accelerating design cycles and time to market.

Furthermore, these parts can undergo functional testing in the environment for which they were designed. This  technology delivers unlimited potential for engineers to create previously impossible solutions, embracing a new era of design-driven manufacturing.

Please Note: Due to ITAR requirements, all attendees must be US Citizens.

Registration is Closed

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