Selective laser sintering (SLS) is an industrial-grade 3D printing process. It builds durable nylon prototypes and functional parts using a laser that “draws” slices of a CAD model in a bed of material, fusing micron-sized particles one layer at a time. The result is fully functional plastic parts that might have been otherwise challenging to manufacture using machining or injection molding.
This month’s tip discusses:
- Properties and applications of various nylon materials
- Managing the SLS build process
- Design elements to improve eventual moldability
- Surface finishes and post-processing
- Maximum part size, achievable tolerances and other considerations.
Read the full design tip here.