Selective laser sintering printers are the technology of choice for many functional prototype applications, including snap-fits, living hinges, and other mechanical joints. The ability of Selective laser sintering to produce several pieces at one time also makes the process a good choice for Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM) of products requiring strength and heat resistance.
Selective laser sintering printers use a laser to harden and bond small particles of materials into layers. The laser traces the pattern of the design onto a bed of powder. Once the first layer is built, another layer is built on top of each existing layer until the part is complete. Selective Laser Sintering printers have a vast number of benefits, including not requiring support structures that many other additive manufacturing technologies need. Support structures are used to prevent the design from collapsing during production, but since the product lies in powder, supports aren’t necessary. This removes the risk of damaging the product while removing supports and allows assembly time to be drastically reduced.
In addition, SLS processes allow for over 80% of material reusability. Selective laser sintering printers tend to perform much better than traditional manufacturing because there is no expensive retooling process. SLS stands out when you need plastic parts that require durability and longevity. SLS parts tend to handle wear-and-tear and environmental conditions much better than other methods and is the choice if looking for a complex and strong product.
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Form, fit & function models
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If you’re considering a purchase of a 3D printer you may want to test your part on one or multiple machines to determine the best investment.