Laser Sintering (LS)

Powdered thermoplastic (typically nylon) is precisely fused by a high-powered laser. Parts are cleaned of excess powder and ready for use or higher level finishing. **Also known as Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)

Laser sintering can be used to create tough, geometrically complex components for manufacturing. Following vapor smoothing, these production parts are water-tight, air-tight, heat resistant, strong, and easy to reproduce. Nylon also offers the possibility of producing living hinges and flexible end-use parts and can be easily dyed in a variety of colors.

Midwest Prototyping Laser Sintering

Laser Sintering at Midwest Prototyping

OEM:

EOS, 3D Systems, and Prodways

Max Build Area:

27 in. x 15 in. x 23 in.

Lead Time:

3 – 5 Days

Material:

Flame Retardant Nylon 11, Glass Filled Nylon 12, Mineral Filled Nylon 6, Nylon 12

Tolerances:

+/- .005 in. for the first inch and +/- .002 in. for each additional inch

Layer Thickness:

  • EOS:  .005 in.
  • 3D Systems:  .004 in.
  • Minimum Feature:  .02 in.

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Laser Sintering Materials

Material

Description

Key Characteristics

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Fire Retardant Nylon 11 material that meets the FAR 25.853 60 second burn specification.

  • White
  • Flame Retardant
  • Heat Resistant
  • Rigid

Nylon 12 fortified with glass beads.  This material creates parts with higher thermal stability and stiffness than regular Nylon 12.

  • White
  • Chemical Resistant
  • Heat Resistant
  • High Strength
  • Impact Resistant
  • Rigid
  • UV Stability

Mineral Filled Nylon 6

Ultrasint PA6 MF

Ultrasint PA6 MF is a mineral-filled polyamide with excellent tensile strength, stiffness, thermal properties, and chemical resistance.

  • Black
  • High Strength
  • Heat Resistant

Nylon 12

PA 2200

Nylon 12 is a robust thermoplastic with exceptional physical properties.  

  • White
  • Chemical Resistant
  • Good for Snap Fits
  • Heat Resistant
  • High Strength
  • Impact Resistant
  • Rigid
  • UV Stability

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Laser Sintering Finishing Levels

Level

Process

Description

1

Excess powder removed and lightly bead blasted

Standard finish. Parts have visible layer lines and sandstone texture.

2

Excess powder removed, lightly bead blasted, and sealed to lessen porosity

Sealed finish. Parts have visible layer lines, sandstone texture, and a slight gloss. Parts have a watertight finish.

2 +

Excess powder removed, lightly bead blasted, and cosmetic surfaces sanded to 180 grit

Functional finish, removes some layer lines. Parts have a light texture from sanding.

Excess powder removed, lightly bead blasted, and smoothed using PostPro3D

PostPro3D equipment is used to perform physiochemical smoothing. Smoothed parts have an air-tight, injection molded like finish.

3

Sealed, primed, or smoothed with PostPro3D and sanded to 320 grit

Near show quality finish, removes layer lines. Parts may have very fine scratches from sanding. Parts are prime and paint ready.

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