What is SLS 3D Printing?

SLS 3D printers use a high-powered laser to fuse powdered plastic material together into the desired 3D shapes. Unlike other technologies, this technique can make parts that are finely detailed, sturdy, durable, heat resistant, and flexible (when needed) all at the same time.

Benefits of SLS Technology

SLS is used in the aerospace, medical, and regulated industries because of its excellent predictability in material and mechanical qualities. SLS printing also eliminates the need for supports, allowing you to design and produce more complicated shapes.

SLS is utilized for a variety of applications, including functional prototypes, design assessment models, small manufacturing runs, end-use consumer products, and product testing.

SLS 3D Printer Aspects

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  • Accuracy
  • Surface Finish
  • Throughput
  • Complex Designs
  • Ease of Use
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  • Applications
  • Print Volume
  • Materials
  • Training
  • Facility Requirements
  • Ancillary Equipment
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  • Strong functional parts Design freedom No need for support structures
  • Rough surface finish Limited material options
  • Functional prototyping Short-run, bridge, or custom manufacturing
  • Up to 165 x 165 x 300 mm (benchtop industrial 3D printers)
  • Engineering thermoplastics. Nylon 11, Nylon 12, and their composites.
  • Moderate training on build setup, maintenance, machine operation, and finishing.
  • Workshop environment with moderate space requirements for benchtop systems.
  • Post-processing station for part cleaning and material recovery.

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