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How Strong Are SLS Printed Parts?

How Strong Are SLS Printed Parts?

A question we often get asked is “How strong are SLS printed parts?”.

One option is to have your Sintratec Kit prints parts out of a nylon (PA12) powder, which is fused together by a laser. This method raises questions of strength, because the printed part is not a solid chunk of nylon. On the flip side, sintered nylon is surprisingly tough and holds detailed features well.

How much Can You Fit In Your Sintratec Kit?

How much Can You Fit In Your Sintratec Kit?
The Sintratec Kit is a compact but mighty desktop SLS printer that can be packed full of parts for printing. Since each layer takes about the same time, whether it's 1 part or 64 parts, it is more effective to utilize as much of the volume as possible. This means you can load up the build chamber to print overnight and it will be ready for cleanup and running the next day.  

Thinking Outside the Box

Thinking Outside the Box
Many people look at the Sintratec Kit and believe the build volume is too small for their application. It’s true that the recommended 90 x 90 x 110 mm build volume would be too small to print many kinds of tall parts. However, there are still ways to print large parts on the Sintratec Kit!

CASE STUDY: How SLS is used to 3D print personalized Medicine – FabRx Customer Story

CASE STUDY: How SLS is used to 3D print personalized Medicine – FabRx Customer Story
FabRx is a spin-out company from the University College London that focuses on 3D printing for pharmaceutical uses - and the first group to investigate Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) to make medicine. 

WEBINAR: 3D Scan to CAD...Tips & Tricks

WEBINAR: 3D Scan to CAD...Tips & Tricks
Join 3DChimera and a Geomagic engineer on this live webinar (previously recorded) as we explore a handful of tips and tricks to enhance your 3D scanning projects, with a focus on Reverse Engineering and Auto-surfacing right in the SOLIDWORKS interface with Geomagic for SOLIDWORKS.

Best 3D Scanner for Universities

Best 3D Scanner for Universities

We often work with Educational customers who are looking for the best 3D scanner for their University or School. We have surveyed the market and found that the HP S3 3D scanner is the best fit from a number of perspectives.

CASE STUDY: Designing & 3D printing an FPV Racing Drone – with SLS on the Sintratec S2

CASE STUDY: Designing & 3D printing an FPV Racing Drone – with SLS on the Sintratec S2
Sintratec engineer (and aeromodelling enthusiast) Andi has been working on a 3D printed Racing Drone for quite some time. In this first video he gives insights about the design and building process that lead to his final model. Stay tuned for the follow-up clip when we take the drone to the test outdoors!

3DChimera: Spearheading Innovation in 3D Printing

3DChimera: Spearheading Innovation in 3D Printing
3DChimera connects the dots between producers of materials, 3D printer manufacturers and real-world customer applications to effectively deliver solutions based on customer needs.

Sintratec Kit Quality - Proof is in the Prints

Sintratec Kit Quality - Proof is in the Prints
Given the low price point of the Sintratec Kit, we often get customers who wonder if the Sintratec Kit is really able to deliver quality results.

To print or not to print...Threads and 3D Printing

To print or not to print...Threads and 3D Printing

Customers commonly ask us if machine threads can be 3d printed into their parts, and it is a tricky because the answer is "it depends".  

FFF: Design for Printing

FFF: Design for Printing
As with all manufacturing processes, you will come across some limitations in terms of what designs are suitable for 3D printing. That being said, we are capable of printing extremely complex geometries that no other process could. As long as we keep our designs within these constraints, we can start to see some pretty incredible parts.

RAPID+TCT 2019 Highlights from Detroit, MI

RAPID+TCT 2019 Highlights from Detroit, MI
RAPID+TCT is the premier 3D printing event in the USA, and this year did not disappoint!  Hosted in the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit, the event attracted businesses large and small.  It was a great place to experience the ever-growing 3D printing and additive manufacturing community.