It is not usual to leave the top management job in one of the best companies in the interior outfitting branch. Especially after working there for 29 years. The decision of starting a company that produces 3D printing plastic parts using the laser sintering process may seem crazy, but Stefan Radau is the one who did it.
E-moto AGH is a team of students from AGH University of Science and Technology who built the first electric off-road motorcycle at the University. In addition to showing the advantages of alternative energy sources, they are also testing the newest solutions, like desktop SLS 3D printer Lisa Pro. Most of their construction work takes place at the university’s lab.
Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a wide term for a production process in which an object is produced "by adding material layer upon layer (and not subtracting material like in case of conventional machining)". Up till now, there are seven different types of AM processes, amongst which the most popular are: FDM, SLA, and SLS.
After 35 years of skyrocketing development of additive manufacturing, the market is full of different solutions. For the newcomer it is hard to figure out which one technology is a best fit, so the purchase decision is typically based on two factors: popularity and price.
Motivation of adjusting the printing parametersAs mentioned in the previous articles, there is a wide variety of polymer powders suitable for the SLS technology. You may ask, how come that the materials have such different properties? Polyamide (PA) is strong and resistant while thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) is elastic and rubber-like. To answer those questions you need to zoom in into the molecular structure of the polymers.
Additive manufacturing irrevocably changed a lot of industries. It is impossible to imagine the future of automotive, aerospace or even medicine without rapid prototyping. Engineers and lab assistants are learning this new technology to become better-paid professionals. But essentially, to keep up-to-date with the fast-changing environment. What is the most effective way to learn advanced 3D printing technology?
Education sector uses 3D printers a lot. From simple and cheap FDMs to the most sophisticated metal printing devices. Teaching, testing, printing a lot. Those devices need to be simple, affordable, high tech and easy to repair.
In the previous article a brief overview on Selective Laser Sintering technique was presented and placed among other 3DP approaches. Now the time has come to dig down into the details of the SLS and unveil its phenomena. You can be confused on how exactly the laser sinters the powder, why we utilise elevated temperature or even why we can use one powdered materials and others not. This article will bring answers to those questions. We will also show the perspectives for research in terms of the SLS process and used powders.