Which 3D printer is a solution for both prototyping and research?

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Looking for a 3D printer for prototyping or research, it may seem that there are many solutions on the market. However, when we narrow down our searches to more precise and reliable technologies like SLS, the number of available options drops almost to zero. Why is that?

There are a few reasons. Until 2014 there were only big, industrial SLS 3D printers. Expensive (over 100 000 USD), big and heavy (weighing more than two metric tones). So for a small or medium-sized engineering or R&D company, it wasn’t a deal. Or even if it was, the lack of assessable printers (smaller, less expensive) for fast rapid prototyping was evitable. At the end of 2014, the patent for SLS technology expired and the market expected several small SLS 3D printers. But only a few companies delivered their models.

The new player arrived in the US

As Sinterit entered the US market and thanks to cooperation with 3D Herndon, the Polish producer will provide access to maintenance services in the US, as well as training in 3D Herndon headquarters in Virginia. And as Sinterit’s printers are the most frequently chosen ones in Europe, now it is time for the US.

For rapid prototyping and functional prototypes

Small SLS 3D printers, like Lisa or Lisa Pro, are used mostly for rapid prototyping. Functional prototypes, with complicated inner-geometries, sharp edges, great detail reproduction and moving parts in one print are also inexpensive in production. Having sold over 1000 printer, Sinterit Lisa and Lisa Pro users have even more applications.

One of them, Sybet, uses this technology in a product design cycle.

Maciej Burzyński from Sybet prototyped with Sinterit Lisa a portable handheld receiver for KGHM, the world leader in copper and silver production.

The whole prototyping process for the device costs less than 600 USD comparing to 40 000 USD for the molds. Also, the timing was very important, the whole process took 4 days instead of 4 weeks. So ROI is achieved during the first project. Sybet used PA12 for housing and silicon forms for buttons preparation, and TPU for the flexible antenna.

Final parts production

Some users decided to go a step further, way beyond prototyping and research. Stefan Radau, the owner of SCALE PRINT left his managing director job in a multinational company to start his own business, based on a 3D printed final parts. SCALE PRINT manufactures parts for models that cannot be purchased on the market. Most of them are printed with Lisa, and Stefan Radau is known for making the most of the small SLS 3D printer.

I have printed with Lisa for more than 650 hours, filling the printing area to the limit 14 times. On the image, you can see how many elements could fit in Sinterit Lisa at once. – says Stefan Radau.

Easy to use

With Sinterit SLS 3D Printing Solution there are only five simple steps for the whole 3D printing process. You get dedicated software to plan the workflow, several powders to print with and two printers to choose from. Post-processing is effortless. With Sandblaster cleaning printouts becomes a very fast process, and Sieve automatically prepares the powder for the next printing job. Much easier them with big, industrial machines, maintaining the same quality of the printouts.

All about the user experience

  • When we created our first small SLS 3D printer, Sinterit Lisa in 2014, it was a great challenge, as desktop SLS 3D printers did not yet exist. Our goal was to deliver a product that will be accessible. And the game was afoot. – says Konrad Głowacki, Sinterit Co-Founder.

Now, with two devices and gathering a lot of knowledge about the SLS technology Sinterit focused on the user experience. For the company, SLS is as a whole, end-to-end solution. And Sinterit makes it one of the easiest and cleanest 3D printing solutions on the market. Perfect for design validation or prototyping, as well as research and educational purposes. Produced by a reliable company from the EU you get a solution suitable for your business.

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