Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)

SLS or Selective Laser Sintering is one of the most robust additive manufacturing technologies, often used in low volume production runs and for the production of fully functional prototypes and end-use parts. 

Using Nylon-12, our SLS machines sinter these polymer powders to a specific melting point and fuse them together locally to create a model within the build volume. The machine lays the material, and the print bed is lowered between every application; this process is repeated thousands of times until the desired three-dimensional, part is formed. This industrial 3D printing technology offers full freedom of design and high accuracy, as well as a robust and durable finish.

What is SLS 3D printing used for?


Functional prototyping
– Our state of the art SLS 3D printers offer rapid prototyping of fully functional prototypes at a fraction of the cost of traditional prototyping methods and is the technology of choice for functional prototyping applications including snap fits, living hinges and mechanical joints. Our Typical lead times for our SLS prototyping services are 6-7 days.  

High-detail, high-performance parts – SLS offers robust 3D printing with high detail and exceptional isotropic mechanical properties – perfect for complex functional parts, and an affordable alternative to traditional metal components. At 3D Folkes, we offer affordable quality-assured SLS services. 

Low volume production – SLS offers the advantages of large-scale manufacturing processes to small businesses. Unlike traditional manufacturing methods, SLS requires no initial investment and offers flexible, customisable manufacturing. At 3D Folkes, we can manufacture large batches of small parts quickly in a range of recycled materials.     

From initial 3D CAD data, through to fully functional prototypes, parts and components – 3D Folkes can help! For further information on our Selective Laser Sintering services call us today on 0114 2211 862 or drop us an email at info@3dfolkes.co.uk; or for a FREE no-obligation quote, fill in our free quote form and a member of the team will be in touch.

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) 1

Machine Specifications

  • Build volume of 165mm x 165mm x 250mm
  • Layer thickness of 0.1mm
  • Accuracy of 0.1mm

Features

  • Much stronger, and more durable than FDM and SLA
  • Grainy surface finish
  • No support material required – so no support removal marks
  • Capable of producing more complex geometries than other methods