Produce Highly Durable and Complex Geometries in Production-Grade Nylon
SLS methods are ideal for durable, functional parts for low to mid-volume production, rapid prototyping and functional testing. A range of material options are available, including industrial-grade, tough, impact and fatigue-resistant nylon 11 materials or strong, food-grade, biocompatible, or flame-retardant capable nylon 12 thermoplastics, and filled nylons for advanced properties in terms of stiffness, temperature resistance, strength and surface finish.
SLS uses a high-powered C02 laser to fuse small particles of powdered material to create 3 dimensional parts. The laser selectively fuses powdered material by scanning X&Y cross-sections on the surface of a powder bed. The model is built one layer at a time from supplied 3D CAD data.
SLS produces parts from impact-resistant engineering plastic, great for low-to mid-volume end-use parts, enclosures, snap-fit parts, automotive components and thin-walled ducting.
SLS produces complex geometries, for low-volume parts that would typically require assembly using traditional manufacturing methods.
Tolerances for standard resolution:
X/Y planes: +/-.005” for the first inch, plus +/-.005” for every inch thereafter
Z plane: +/-.010” for the first inch, plus +/-.005” for every inch thereafter
Paint Ready Finish– Standard (Uncoated) Finish plus remove build/layer lines on visual (cosmetic) surfaces with 80 through 150 grit sandpaper, apply primer and sand with 220 grit sandpaper, apply additional primer and sand with 320 grit sandpaper, apply final primer coat and sand with 600 grit sandpaper (build/layer lines will be visible on non-cosmetic surfaces
Painted Finish– Paint ready finish with the customer-specified paint color applied
Dyed Finish – Standard uncoated finish with dye applied
Ferdie Bruijnen, Vice President of Supply Chain Operations and On Demand Manufacturing at 3D Systems shares his insights on supply chain assurance, and where additive manufacturing and On Demand manufacturing fit into the equation.
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