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SLS 3D Printing

Selective Laser Sintering is an industrial-grade 3D printing process. This method is ideal for creating durable, accurate, and high-performance prints. Furthermore, this method can be used to produce detailed parts with complex geometry. As a result, it is ideal for a wide range of professional manufacturing applications. It was first developed by Dr. Carl Deckard and Dr. Joe Beaman at the University of Texas, Austin in 1988.

The Process:

Selective laser sintering is a type of powder bed fusion (PBF) process in AM. The feedstock for SLS is in the form of fine powder. In the PBF process, the powder particles are contained in a powder bed. Then, it is melted/sintered together, using laser power to heat it at a temperature above/below the melting point of the material.

Sintering refers to the process of heating the powder at a temperature below the melting point of that material and fusing the particles together. The particles form bonds and form the solid model as the laser follows the path created by the CAD file.

Advantages

SLS prints are extremely accurate representations of 3D CAD data. Prints are Isotropic with chemical resistance. Benefits include drastic overhangs, moving parts, interlocking pieces, and interior mechanisms. 

Prints can be either rigid or flexible. In either case, they are extremely durable. We created these 3D printed sneakers entirely out of flexible material.

Disadvantages

SLS 3D prints have a porous surface. For prints requiring an extremely smooth finish, SLA may be a better option.

Print Sizes

We can accommodate printing in the following dimensions.

10mm x 350mm

10mm x 350mm

1mm x 425mm

Available Materials

PA12 Unfilled-White

TPU-SP65-Black (Higher Shore rating then most other TPUs)

PBT – White

We offer black dye for PA12 but it is limited to 175 x 175 x 150 mm.

SLS 3D print
SLS 3D print
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SLS 3D print
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SLS 3D print