How long you need to wait for a desktop SLS 3D printer?
When 3D Printing Industry reviewed Lisa Pro last year, the company was delivering the first printers to the customers. Now it has become the ongoing process with two months lead time for every new customer.
10 March 2o19
The first deliveries started in September, three months after the official launch date. But the company wasn’t expecting such an interest, and some of the clients had to wait longer than expected. In January 2019 Sinterit announced that the lead time for Lisa Pro is now two months. It was made possible thanks to scaling-up the production.
What problems does Lisa Pro solve?
As a bigger sister of the original one, Lisa Pro was made to do the same thing, but with a greater print volume and with more materials. In fact, it can be more effective for product design companies and engineers that would like to prototype bigger parts faster and a few times cheaper than with the injection molds.
Lisa Pro is still an SLS 3D printer, so it provides all of the features restricted to this advanced additive manufacturing technology. That means producing parts with complex geometry, without supports, strong and accurate. That solves a lot of design and engineering problems typical for other technologies or subtractive manufacturing.
Technically speaking, you can print parts in this powder-based technology with a minimum wall thickness from 0,4 mm, and detail size from 0,1 mm. If there is a need to make a hole, the possible to achieve diameter starts from 0,5 mm, and in case of moving part clearance, you just need a functional gap as small as 0,2 mm.
Lisa Pro is bigger than the primary Sinterit model, Lisa. It has the printing volume of 90 x 130 x 230 mm for PA group materials. Thanks to in-build nitrogen chamber Lisa Pro can print from a vast number of powders, like PA11 Onyx – stronger than PA12, with superior thermal resistance and stable to light, UV, and weather conditions.
Those of you who read the 3DPI review may remember that the authors were impressed by the quality of the printouts, especially in terms of the strength and simplicity of use.
What are the client’s expectations from the desktop SLS 3D printer?
For engineers who choose small SLS 3D printers, factors like having a trustworthy and precise prototyping tool are highly demanded. Sinterit clients, which are mostly engineers and academics point out, that using Lisa and Lisa Pro they can do their job very fast and a lot cheaper than using bigger machines or other prototyping technologies like injection molding. Surprisingly, the low and attractive price of both Lisa and Lisa Pro is not the most important factor. When asked, a lot would like to pay more but to be sure that the printer will be ready to use under three months. There are at least five manufacturers of desktop SLS 3D printers. Sinterit is known for being the company which delivers devices on an ongoing basis, so the user doesn’t need to wait on a reservation list.