3D Printing for

Additive Manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, has advanced in the past decade beyond its prototyping roots. Additive Manufacturing is establishing a strong position as an alternative manufacturing process for complex shapes produced in limited quantities. Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) is one of the most commonly used Additive Manufacturing technologies to produce end use products. Typical applications include pneumatic assemblies, hydraulic assemblies, enclosures & custom mounts. The SLS process can provide custom, highly complex pieces in a short lead time. For applications which require short turnaround time, flexibility to modify designs and complexity of design, 3D printing is an ideal solution.

When designing a mount, support of mechanical assembly, the SLS process offers many advantages

  • Preassembled parts such as built in hinges, imbedded springs and moving parts can be incorporated
  • Large number of SKU’s can be achieved since no molds or casts are required
  • Virtual inventory
  • Reduced assembly
  • Reduced weight
  • Short lead time, typically <5 days
  • Cost savings in low quantity production runs
  • Various finishing possibilities (e.g. metallization, stove enameling, vibratory grinding, tub coloring, bonding, powder, coating, flocking)
  • Bio compatible according to EN ISO 10993-1 and USP/level VI/121 °C
  • Complex parts with interior components, channels, can be built without trapping the material inside and altering the surface from support removal