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Selective Laser Sintering is the ideal solution for Fully functional prototypes and series. Rapid Manufacturing. Fully functional prototypes and series 1. Parts for mechanical and thermal tests The polyamide material allows the production of strong, durable parts that can be used for extensive functional testing. Sintered products have mechanical properties comparable to those of injection moulded PA12 parts. Typical applications are snap fits but it is also possible to produce working hinges. Polyamide parts with glass filling have a much higher thermal resistance and are perfectly suited for lighting elements and ventilation systems or products that require high thermal loads. Apart from their use as test products, the functional SLS parts often also need to be used at the same time for a visual/esthetical control or dimensional check. 2. Series of small plastic parts SLS is an interesting and cost-effective alternative to injection moulding (Rapid Tooling). With the P 700 machine which has a large build area, a series of small pieces can be built in one single laser sintering process. This dramatically decreases the price, as the cost of an SLS part depends on its volume. Or in other words, the cost is defined by the amount of powder it takes to build it and not by an initial investment in an injection moulding tool. Moreover, series of SLS parts are available in a few days. So no need for high start-up investments, no long lead times to produce a mould and injection mould the parts, no difficulties in case the parts are complex.

Component of a vacuum cleaner, built on the EOSINT P700 with a build volume of 700x380x580mm

3. Large and complex functional parts The EOSINT P 700 machine can build large, complex geometries in one piece, up to 700x380x580mm. The number of layers to be built is significantly reduced as large parts can be built horizontally, which considerably shortens the building

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layer-by-layer. supporting the part on wellpositioned points. where the next cross section is sintered to the previous. In this view the Materialise. This freedom also allows us to easily customise products in function of the customer's personal environment. Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) uses a laser to sinter powder based materials together. Unique. Parts exceeding the P 700' maximum dimensions can be built in multiple pieces and put together afterwards. RapidFit allows to firmly position the parts on a unique support system with individualized fixtures. This label stands for unique lighting designs manufatured with 3D printing technologies. The system consists of a laser. The part chamber consists of a build platform. This continues until the part is completed. The process of Selective Laser Sintering offers more freedom in terms of design and shape than traditional production techniques. to form a solid model. The process of gluing sub-parts and assembling components can be done in the most accurate and secure way using the RapidFit system. 2 . A thin layer of build material is spread across the platform where the laser traces a twodimensional cross section of the part sintering the material together. and control system. part chamber. powder cartridge. Torus.MGX collection came into being.process. personalised designs are built as once-only products or in a very small number of parts. The platform then descends a layer thickness and the leveling roller pushes material from the powder cartridge across the build platform.MGX Rapid Manufacturing 3D Printing techniques are used more and more in Rapid Manufacturing environments. and leveling roller. This technique has proven to be an ideal solution especially for design and trend objects. like Stereolithography and Selective Laser Sintering that offer a new freedom to create shapes.

Once the model is complete.004” Good Choice for high-heat & chemically resistant applications. Acu-Cast Technologies can be extremely versatile with your next prototyping project by turning an idea into a rugged physical model with good detail and surface finish.0.003" for each additional inch. SLS Highlights • • • • • • • • Ideal for durable. Layer Thickness: 0.0. and +/. How it works: 3 . standard tolerances of +/.0. Maximum dimension for instant quote: 11”x13”x17” SLS Material choices include Duraform.005" for the first inch.003” on every inch thereafter. +/. Samples available upon request. Standard Tolerances of +/. Capable of producing snap fits and living hinges.01" for the first inch. DuraformGF and NEW! SLS Flex. functional parts with a variety of applications. rugged and able to withstand the harshest testing environments. With the widest selection of material properties of any rapid prototyping process. RAPID PROTOTYPING WITH SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING (SLS) Acu-Cast Technologies is offering (SLS) Selective Laser Sintering for applications that require functional testing.0. These prototypes are durable. and the use of (SLS) Selective Laser Sintering. it is removed from the part chamber and finished by removing any loose material and smoothing the visible surfaces. In the z height (vertical).

The SLS technology uses a CO2 laser to sinter (fuse) a variety of thermoplastic and metal powders to "grow" 3D objects layer-by-layer from 3D electronic data (STL files). foundry friendly patterns Capable of living hinges. functional objects for a wide variety of applications. Because this is an additive process. The more complex the surface. because the powder holds the parts. high stress and heat tolerance and service as short-run tooling Can be finished and painted for presentation. the more triangles produced as shown in figure 3. high-flex snaps. This saves on time and file size. highly complex geometries can be built without issue.com This format approximates the surfaces of a solid model with triangles. Working parts and assemblies with good detail and surface finishing • • • • • Variety of material: rigid and flexible plastics. For the user the process is often as simple as selecting File. fully dense metal. files sizes in the range of 1-5MB 4 . Save As. demonstration and video reproduction Dimensional tolerancing with thousandths of a inch Delivery of most parts and patterns in just a few working days STL Files The . For simple geometry (not a lot of curves) the file may only be a couple hundred kilobytes. For complex models. Below are steps for producing high quality STL files from a number of today's leading CAD systems. The larger the STL file. export your STL file as a Binary file.STL file format has become the Rapid Prototyping industry's defacto standard data transmission format and is the format required to interact with Quickparts. no support structures have to be added and removed. the more triangles placed on the surface of the model. as shown in figure 2. For a simple model such as the box shown in figure 1. and STL. In all cases. Almost all of today's CAD systems are capable of producing an STL file. and. changing options such Chord Tolerance or Angular Control will change the resolution on your STL file. As a general rule. its surfaces can be approximated with twelve triangles. rubber-like elastomer. The key advantage of SLS is its ability to rapidly produce durable.

040” thickness to produce features. 3. Choose Stereolithography from Export options 2. these are only general guidelines and may not work or produce the best possible STL file in some cases. features will not develop. 2. 3.020”. the minimum feature thickness is 0.000395 Select Binary > OK 5 . 4. Please check your models and make appropriate changes to critical features. 2. 3. 4.will produce good parts. Make sure the model is in positive space Set “Facetres” to 10 At the command prompt type “STLOUT” Select Objects Choose “Y” for Binary Choose Filename CADKey 1. which will make features down to 0. For many geometries. Enter the filename 3. Please consult you user's guide or the software's developers for more information or technical support. files larger then 5MB are unnecessary and will often just result in more time to get your quote and parts back. 2. 1. Anything less then this.dat > OK Set absolute facet deviation to 0. which needs 0. Click OK I-DEAS 1. 5. 5. (Please note. Also. An exception is the High Resolution SLA. 4. 6. Should we determine that your STL file is not adequate for production we will contact you for an updated file.010” and the SLS Somos 201 material. File Export Save As > STL Enter File Name Save AutoCAD Your design must be a three-dimensional solid object to output an STL file. File > Export > Rapid Prototype File > OK Select the Part to be Prototyped Select Prototype Device > SLA500. 5.) Alibre 1. for most RP process and materials.

This setting controls the Height/Width ratio of the facets. 2. 3. ignored. 2. The default setting is 15 degrees. The default setting is 0. Save Copy As Select STL Choose Options > Set to High Enter File Name Save IronCAD 1. Rhino 1. 2.0000. o Vertex Spacing . The field will be replaced by minimum acceptable value. 4. o Angular Tolerance . Right Click on the part Part Properties > Rendering Set Facet Surface Smoothing to 150 File > Export Choose . A setting of 1 would mean the height of a facet is no greater than its width. 2. Use the AMSTLOUT command to export your STL file. The following command line options affect the quality of the STL and should be adjusted to produce an acceptable file. 4. 4. 6. 5. A setting of 0. 5.STL Mechanical Desktop 1. 3. o Surface Tolerance . 5. o Aspect Ratio . 3. ProE 1. ignored.This command limits the angle between the normals of adjacent triangles. File > Save As 2. Set Angle Control to 1 Choose File Name OK 6 .0000 causes this option to be ignored.This setting controls the greatest distance between the edge of a facet and the actual geometry.This option controls the length of the edge of a facet. Reducing the angle will increase the resolution of the STL file. The default setting is 0.Inventor 1. Select File Type > STL File > Save a Copy Set type to STL Set chord height to 0.

4.001mm for Max Deviation Distance Click OK SolidEdge 1. 2. File > Save As 2. 4. 4.001in or 0. Enter a name for the STL file.3. 5. File > Export > Rapid Prototyping Set Output type to Binary Set Triangle Tolerance to 0. 3. Save Unigraphics 1.00 Save SolidWorks 1. 2. 3. 6. Save 5. 3. Select Binary STL Files SolidDesigner 1. Set Surface Plane Angle to 45. Set Save As Type to STL 3. 3. 2. 4. 5. 4. 5.0254mm. File > Save As Set Save As Type to STL Options > Resolution >Fine > OK Save Think3 1. File > Save As Set Save As Type to STL Options Set Conversion Tolerance to 0.12 Set Auto Normal Gen to On 7 . File > External > Save STL Select Binary mode Select Part Enter 0. 2.0025 Set Adjacency Tolerance to 0.

NEW! Elastomeric. the platform descends a layer thickness. and then placed in a UV oven for a final curing. Durable & Rigid).0." SLA Highlights • • • • • • • • • Excellent for Fit and Form Testing.005" for the first inch.0. a vat of photo-curable liquid resin. A platform is lowered into the resin (via an elevator system). ABS-Like.002” on every inch thereafter. Standard Resolution: 0. The model is then finished by smoothing the "stair-steps. High Resolution (NEW! ABS-like. In the z height (vertical). The system consists of an Ultra-Violet Laser. Quickparts does not guarantee tolerances for experimental materials. solidifying the resin wherever it touches.6.0. 8 . This process continues until the model is complete. Maximum dimensions for instant quotes: 20"x20"x20".006” Show Quality parts via painting and texturing. Set Triangle Display to On Stereolithography (SLA) Stereolithography (SLA) is often considered the pioneer of the Rapid Prototyping industry with the first commercial system introduced in 1988 by 3D Systems.004”. WaterClear.005” .01" for the first inch. resin flows over the first layer. Layer Thickness: High-Resolution: 0. washed of excess resin. Chrome and nickel plating available upon request.0. & NEW! Composite (High Heat / High Strength) Standard Tolerances of +/.002” . +/0. The model is then removed from the platform. and the next layer is built. standard tolerances of +/. Rigid. and a controlling system.002” on every inch thereafter. Once the model is complete. Durable. such that the surface of the platform is a layer-thickness below the surface of the resin.0. Set Normal Display to Off 7. Samples available upon request. DSM Somos material choices include: Flexible. The laser beam then traces the boundaries and fills in a two-dimensional cross section of the model. the platform rises out of the vat and the excess resin is drained. Once a layer is complete. +/. * Elastomeric and Composite are new experimental SLA materials.