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.
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?
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.
Simon Grabowski is a young, talented technician whose professional career is just beginning. A few months ago, he started working on assembling 3D printers. Today, he creates tools to optimize the production of an international technology company. How did he achieve it?
Trends of the global startups market show that the era of virtual ventures is in the downturn. Now it is time for advanced manufacturing. With that in mind, business owners are looking for reliable and inexpensive tools for prototyping.
Technologies of additive manufacturing known as 3D printing (3DP) are considered to be the future of rapid prototyping, small and even big production lines for industry. There are several technologies distinguished by the phenomena they are based on and materials they are utilising. Reading this article you will learn how SLS 3D printing works and what are the differences between the main 3D printing technologies.