Selective Laser Sintering Technology
Selective Laser Sintering technology, also called SLS, builds with a CO₂ laser that selectively melts cross-sections of a design in powdered thermoplastic material, creating a 3D structure. Nylon is the most popular base material for SLS, and it can be combined with plastic, ceramic, glass, metal, or other materials for more robust parts.
During the build process, the SLS parts remain in the powder bed, eliminating the need for support structures. Without support structures, designers and engineers can easily add complex internal features such as ducting, and undercuts, as well as reduce post-processing time. There is also no risk of damage to the completed part from the removal of support structures.
SLS 3D printed products are durable and lightweight, and are able to be made tough, hard, or flexible as needed. SLS also can create impact-resistant engineering plastic that’s great for low-to mid-volume end-use parts, such as snap-fit parts, enclosures, hinged parts, and thin-walled ducting. The variety of material options available also make SLS an excellent choice for products that need to be flame- or chemical-resistant, or used in harsh and demanding environments.
The SLS process can create parts for all stages of the production lifecycle, from prototyping to low-volume manufacturing. If you are looking for Selective Laser Sintering services in Orange County, California, contact Dinsmore today to find out how we can help bring your SLS design to reality.