SLS uses production-grade nylon materials, resulting in durable, functional parts that last, rivaling parts produced using traditional manufacturing methods. The robustness of SLS makes this technology great for:
SLS Material Properties & Uses
Our SLS materials include a wide range of advanced nylon and composite materials consisting of superfine particles <100 nm in diameter.
The materials available for SLS enable uses ranging from impact-resistant plastics to styrene-based options that are great for plaster and metal castings. SLS is frequently chosen for low- to mid-volume end-use parts like enclosures, snap-fit parts, automotive moldings, and thin-walled ducting. Some of our SLS engineering plastics are made with flame-retardant materials, enabling them to answer aircraft and consumer product requirements. Glass-filled materials are also available, offering greater stiffness and heat resistance, as well as fiber-reinforced plastic for ultimate stiffness. SLS also includes material options on the other end of the spectrum, for rubber-like flexible parts, enabling applications like hoses, gaskets, grip padding, and more.
We offer an integrated solution for SLS including hardware, software, and fine-tuned nylon and composite materials that to deliver robust, high-resolution parts at high throughput. The surface finish, resolution, repeatability, and accuracy of SLS enable increased manufacturing agility with a low total cost of operations.
Our SLS 3D printers offer a range of build volumes and price points.
Why Use Selective Laser Sintering?
Robust, Performance Parts
SLS technology produces tough and durable parts that excel in high-performance prototyping and end-use applications. 3D Systems' DuraForm® SLS materials have been optimized, validated, and tested to ensure quality, with uniform 3D mechanical properties.
High Speed and Throughput
Large SLS build capacities paired with fast build times, high-density nesting, and no support structures help you maximize every print for more parts, sooner.
Best-In-Class Part Quality
Side-by-side comparison testing shows 3D Systems SLS printers provide best-in-class part quality.* Get superior accuracy, part resolution, edge definition, and surface finish with 3D Systems' SLS solutions.
* Same part file printed on ProX SLS 6100 in DuraForm ProX PA compared to a competitive system in PA 12
Broad SLS Materials Selection
Manufacture with true nylon materials that answer your application requirements. Whether you need toughness, heat resistance, flame retardancy, flexibility, or food-grade and medical-grade options, the 3D Systems SLS materials portfolio has you covered.
As a self-supporting build methodology, SLS enables the production of complex geometries, such as monolithic designs, lightweight components, and mass-customized products, that could not be manufactured any other way.
Low Part & Ownership Costs
The features and capabilities of 3D Systems' SLS deliver up to 20% lower operational costs compared to similar printers. These include automated production tools, high throughput, material efficiency, and repeatability, just to name a few.