Selective Laser Sintering
Selective laser sintering (SLS) is an industrial 3D printing process that produces accurate - rapid prototypes and functional production parts in as fast as 1 day. Multiple nylon-based materials are available, which create highly durable final parts.
Protolabs in-house SLS Plating provides metal coated 3D printed plastic parts that have the appearance and of metal, but the advantage of light weight plastics with added strength. The Plated finish is widely used in applications such as the automotive, electrical engineering and many other industries.
SLS design guidelines will help you understand capabilities and limitations.
Why Choose Selective Laser Sintering For Your 3D Printing Project?
SLS is ideal to make functional parts that have greater toughness and higher impact strength than parts produced through stereolithography (SL). SLS lacks the surface finish and fine feature details available with SL. We offer a number of secondary services to further enhance your 3D-printed project design or finish. These services are available when ordering a part manufactured by Protolabs.
SLS material data sheets can be found in our Material Comparison Guide
How Does Selective Laser Sintering Work?
The SLS machine begins sintering each layer of part geometry into a heated bed of nylon-based powder. After each layer is fused, a roller moves across the bed to distribute the next layer of powder. The process is repeated layer by layer until the build is complete.
When the build finishes, the entire powder bed with the encapsulated parts is moved into a breakout station, where it is raised up, and parts are broken out of the bed. An initial brushing is manually administered to remove a majority of loose powder. Parts are then bead blasted to remove any of the remaining residual powder before ultimately reaching the finishing department.
- 1 to 50+ parts
- Shipped in 1 to 7 days
Here at Protolabs we offer a variety of cutting-edge technologies to produce precision-engineered parts from a range of plastics, designed to suit your needs. From Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) to Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) to Stereolithography, we can create the parts you need quickly and precisely.
Plus, with our technical support team on call, we can talk to you about your designs and help you to choose the ideal production solution for your needs, and show you just what we can do to help you reach your creative vision.
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3D Printing is creating a whole new world of manufacturing, with the ability to create complex designs with quality and precision and deliver faster, more affordable results. Here at Protolabs we use the latest 3D printing technology, including stereolithography, selective laser sintering and direct metal laser sintering to build parts in resin, thermoplastics and metal.
When you need parts fast, 3D printing offers new possibilities for what you can do – simply send your designs online, and we can get parts shipped in as fast as a single day.
Watch this video to discover more about this exciting new technology.