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SLS in industrial manufacturing: from small batch to mass production

In today’s world of industrial production, selective laser sintering (SLS) technology from PA12 polymers is revealing its potential, pushing the boundaries of traditional manufacturing methods. The SLS method, initially used mainly for rapid prototyping, has been used in small-scale production for many years and even opens the way to mass production. The largest company specializing in SLS technology in Poland is Technology Applied, which uses a fleet of 3D printers from the German company EOS.

Flexibility and customization are key factors that make SLS attractive for industrial production. With the ability to quickly adapt designs and no need for traditional injection molds or cutting tools, SLS enables the production of custom, complex parts on demand. This is especially beneficial in small-batch production, where the costs and time needed to create molds may be unprofitable. Technology Applied offers a quick and free quote for parts, so before starting traditional production, it is worth comparing their production prices.

The strength and quality of parts manufactured using SLS with PA12 are comparable to parts manufactured using traditional methods. PA12 provides excellent mechanical properties such as strength, fatigue and abrasion resistance, making it ideal for the production of functional parts and components. Additionally, SLS allows you to create parts with integrated features such as hinges and connectors, reducing assembly complexity.

Production scalability is another advantage of SLS. As technology is developed and optimized, the production of larger series becomes more profitable. The ability to simultaneously print multiple parts in a single printing cycle, as well as continuous improvements in the speed and efficiency of the SLS process, enable production on a scale that was previously unattainable for 3D printing. Moreover, SLS allows you to add additional parts to production while it is in progress. Therefore, the company can order the production of additional elements even after placing the order.

Sustainability in industrial production is becoming more and more important, and SLS PA12 polyamide powders fits into this trend. The use of material in the process is optimal, with minimal waste of unused material. In addition, the ability to produce locally and reduce the supply chain contributes to reducing the carbon footprint.

In conclusion, SLS with PA12 is an increasingly preferred technology in industrial production. From small series to mass production potential, it offers unrivaled flexibility, quality and efficiency, changing production paradigms in today’s industry. If you are looking for alternative methods of producing parts, contact Technology Applied for a quick and free quote.

Photos: www.ta.parts

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