Selective Laser Sintering
These durable and functional selective laser sintering (SLS) materials include DuraForm and DuraForm glass-filled (GF) which are nylon based materials that create plastic prototypes. Other selective laser sintering (SLS) materials are CastForm used for investment casting patterns, selective laser sintering (SLS) Flex for elastomeric, rubber-like parts, and selective laser sintering (SLS) LaserForm which makes metal prototypes.
Each of these materials requires little to no post build processing to be ready to use which cuts out several steps in post processing of selective laser sintering (SLS) parts as compared to stereolithography (SLA). However, all of the selective laser sintering (SLS) materials can be finished in multiple ways to meet the desire or needs of selective laser sintering (SLS) users.
Benefits for SLS 3D printing
The distinct advantage of SLS is that the part is fully self-supporting. This allows for extremely complex geometry to be achieved, something that could not have been created in any other way.
- No need for structural supports.
- Parts can be created out of a selection of nylon materials.
- High accuracy, +/-0.12mm per 100mm depending on geomotry
- Capable of producing intricate detail and thin walls, 1mm is ideal.
- Materials certified for use in aerospace, medical and food applications.
- Fully functional plastic parts.
- High tensile strength.
- Fast build times.
- Mechanical properties of Nylon parts.
Applications for SLS 3D printing
- Functional end use parts
- High temperature
- Snap fits and living hinges
- Rapid tooling
- Durability testing