The application of selective laser sintering is based on two key advantages:

  • Production without prior preparation, because there is no need for tools that use shaping technology;
  • Possibilities of object production with complex geometrical characteristics, which can not be produced using traditional production technologies;

Selective laser sintering is a shortest path from a computer model to the real object, so what is the solution for the preparation of test samples, individualized products, tools for design technology, and even small product series. The most important application of selective laser sintering:

  • Rapid prototyping ( shortened RP - „rapid prototyping“)
     - Conception models
     - Functional prototypes
  • Making tools of complex shape (shortened RT - "rapid tooling")
  • Production of small series (shortened RM - "rapid manufacturing")

Tehnologija sls

urednik Tue, 09/10/2013 - 14:38

Rapid Prototyping

Rapid Prototyping

The possibility of application of SLS technology directly affect changes in the cycle of the new product development (Figure and enable saving time and cost (the cost).

Ciklus razvoja novog proizvoda
Figure Development cycles of new products.
Typical (left), Ideal-using SLS technology (right)

In the initial stages of product development SLS technology is used for prototyping without the need for additional tools . The application of these technologies in the early stages of the development cycle allows the early detection of defects in design ( structural defects ) and reduced late design changes without the need for expensive production tools. Furthermore, this produced a functional prototype undergoing testing in realine terms of use. As a result , the direct " consequence " application SLS is that the changes in the design of a reduced phase koncepcionog design, sizing and development phase details. On the other hand, without the use of SLS technology to develop prototypes in a typical product development cycle , design changes are taking place throughout the cycle , as is shown in Figure left . Given the fact that the total cost of the product development phase of construction goes about 10 % , and that the price of a functional product is less than 1% of the total cost of product development, it should be noted that this low price in order to study whether the product is of good design, functional and acceptable in the market.

urednik Tue, 09/10/2013 - 14:42

Rapid Tooling

Rapid Tooling

SLS technology is used for directly production of complex tools. Manufacture of tools this technology does not impose restrictions on the geometry of manufactured objects so that in this way produce tools with improved performance, optimized in terms of its continued use. For example, for the production of large series, any shortening of the production cycle of a product results in significant savings in time and money for the entire series.

Direct laser sintering enables production of tools complex external and internal geometry of cooling ducts placed along the surface of complex tools. The result is an efficient cooling, high productivity and cost reduction per product. In traditional methods of production, cooling channels are added to the drilling tool, which limits their geometry to a combination of straight lines. The SLS technology, and the position and shape of the cooling channels can be designed (constructed) following a complex geometry shape of tools.

Many studies and examples (Figure demonstrate the benefits of optimizing cooling. The theoretical and practical research [...] showed a reduction in tool temperature and shortening product development cycles. Cycle development work is shortened by about 30-60% by using such a developed tool with optimized cooling [....].

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                    Cycle time: 24s                                                      Cycle time: 13,8s

Fig. Performance improvement tools for plastic injection:
Conventional drilling cooling channels (left)
Optimized channels made ​​SLS technology (right)

urednik Tue, 09/10/2013 - 14:43

Rapid Manufacturing

Rapid Manufacturing urednik Tue, 09/10/2013 - 14:44