Rapid Tooling with the SLS® Process and LaserForm™ A6 Steel Material

To promote LaserForm A6 steel material at National Plastics Expo (NPE), 3D Systems teamed up with one of its customers - BASTECH, Inc. - to provide a demonstration of the rapid tooling capabilities of the selective laser sintering (SLS) process with LaserForm A6 steel material for injection molding applications. The goal - to produce a rapid tool, then injection mold 1,000 parts of a two-piece “pill-box” design - then display the production inserts and give away the plastic pill boxes at the trade show. The compressed timeframe - just two weeks provided from start to finish - was short, but adequate, and work was begun.


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