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Creating 3D Designs for 3D Printing using SLS

Updated: Feb 21

SLS is a way to make things using 3D printing, and it's quite flexible when working with plastic materials. If a company wants to use SLS for 3D printing with plastic, they need to remember some important design rules.

Selective laser sintering (SLS) is a method that uses a strong laser to melt layers of powdered plastic within a bed of powder to create a specific shape, as per a 3D design. Among various 3D printing methods like fused filament fabrication, directed energy deposition, stereolithography, and more, SLS stands out as a versatile choice for making plastic objects.

What's special about SLS is that it doesn't need extra support structures when creating objects. It also delivers high-quality materials and can efficiently produce a lot of final parts, making it a cost-effective choice. This means it can boost productivity and result in better-quality components.

In this guide, we will talk about important things to think about when designing stuff with a 3D printer that uses a process called Selective Laser Sintering (SLS). These things cover a wide range, from basic design ideas to very detailed stuff.

We'll discuss things like how to design your object in the right way, how to measure different parts of your design, what to keep in mind about the structure, and how to prepare the design on your computer. We'll also talk about how to position your object while printing and how to prevent common problems before you start printing.

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