SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING
Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) is a commonly used powder-based additive technology to create models, prototypes, and end-use parts in durable, engineering-grade thermoplastics. Consider SLS for applications that involve high-complexity and organic geometries, as well as parts requiring durability. SLS nests in the z direction which allows for short-run production and efficient builds. The technology is also capable of producing parts with finer details than most processes that use high-strength plastics. The composition is one of the more isotropic available from additive manufacturing.
How does the technology work? SLS uses a blade to spread a thin layer of powder over the build volume. A laser sinters the cross-section of the part, fusing the powder together. The z stage then drops one layer, and the process begins again until the build is finished. Parts are then excavated from the build powder-cake and bead blasted. The un-used powder in the build envelope acts as the support structures, so no support removal is necessary.
|SLS MATERIALS||LEAD TIME||OPTIMAL
|MAXIMUM DIMENSIONS||SUGGESTED MINIMUM
|Nylon PA2200 (White)||3+ Days||Prototypes, Low-Volume, Short-Run Production||320mm x 320mm x 610mm||1mm||
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