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Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)


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For prototypes or models that require durability and high heat deflection temperature, Astro offers selective laser sintering services that quickly and cost effectively create parts from your 3-D files. Selective laser sintering (SLS) uses a CO2 laser to fuse powder-based materials together, layer-by-layer, creating a solid object within hours.
Sintered prototypes are perfect for functional testing of almost any application, and they closely represent the physical properties of the production material. Astro's SLS machinery can create highly complex parts with a wide variety of materials.

SLS is both a fast method for developing prototypes and an extremely accurate physical representation of your product design. The strong, durable parts formed in the SLS process are ideal for visual models, urethane mold tooling, and physical part testing.
We use a variety of materials for the SLS process, including Duraform polyamide (nylon 6-6), Duraform GF (glass-filled nylon) and Castform PS (polystyrene and wax investment casting patterns).





Capabilities  · Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) Materials  · Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) Services

Capabilities

Tolerance

.010"

Certification

Certified materials used upon customer request with full traceability if needed.

Preferred Drawing File Formats

Our Preferred File Types are the following:



Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) Materials
Castform PS further reduces time and cost during SLS. Castform PS produces polystyrene and wax investment casting patterns. Using this material, your investment castings can include passages and undercuts.

If you require a complete product introduction or development solution that begins with Rapid Prototyping, Astro can assist by managing your project for you - from industrial design to finished product. Our product design team maintains total control of your project to ensure you receive the high quality finished product and service you expect from an ISO 9001:2000 registered company.



Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) Services
As with Stereolithography, Astro will work closely with you throughout your project and can analyze your product for form, fit and function and make suggestions that will ultimately optimize your product's marketability and manufacturability.

Astro Manufacturing & Design produces SLS prototypes for:
  • Functional testing
  • Visual and Concept models
  • Master patterns for urethane molding
  • Investment casting




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