Please note the following press release by our partner Sinterit:
(Krakow, 2018-05-16) The need to break down barriers is a constant inspiration for the co-founders of Sinterit. It led them to create the first desktop SLS (selective laser sintering) 3D printer ready for the market. Now Sinterit is introducing its second, bigger desktop SLS machine.
3D printing in general has completely changed modern thinking about product development, but Selective Laser Sintering – the most advanced method – had long been reserved for the most prominent companies.
SLS prints are excellent for industrial applications. Durable and movable parts as well as an excellent dimensional accuracy and its mechanical strength make it perfect for functional testing and detailed objects (min. wall thickness 0.4 [mm] / 0,016 [inch]; min. detail size 0.1 [mm] / 0,004 [inch]). The desktop SLS machines produce the least expensive per-part cost, thanks to the re-usability of powder and the fact that there is no need to waste material on supports. "As much as 100 % of remaining powder can be reused and with Sinterit you need to add only 30 % of fresh powder for a new print, which is the most economical option on the market", says 3D authority Janne Kyttanen, who has just shifted his production of molds from FDM technology to Sinterit's SLS.
New desktop SLS printer on the market
With several years of experience and many fascinating journeys with customers, all along with multiple technological upgrades, Sinterit now proudly announces Sinterit Lisa 2, the bigger sister of famous Lisa 1.
“In 2014, Sinterit was the first company to introduce its desktop-size SLS printer, the most affordable SLS printer of its time. It sparked a completely new desktop SLS segment, where this technology is finally available to the full range of industries and gives unlimited creative possibilities for designers and engineers. For the last 3 years we have used 3 tons of powder, printed 20 K prints, and with this experience our SLS expert team is going one step further – we are launching the second, even more powerful machine”, says Konrad GÅ‚owacki, co-founder of Sinterit. The essential benefits of Sinterit Lisa 2 can be observed by its powerful SLS prints at an affordable price, its simplicity, and the ability to use multiple materials.
Both machines can print powerful parts with SLS characteristics, but Lisa 2 makes it possible to produce larger prints in one piece, up to almost 32 cm / 12,6 inch. It also uses powder sintered together by a laser, allowing for high-precision, complex parts without the need for supports unlike other 3D printing technologies.
Overcoming limits with nitrogen chamber
Thanks to a nitrogen chamber, customers will now be able to experiment with a vast number of materials, which makes it a game-changer. “Customers are happy with our powders, but they are still asking for new ones. That is why we decided to give them an option to experiment. With a nitrogen chamber, we can create a special environment inside the printer and expand the list of potential materials,” explains MichaÅ‚ Grzymala-Moszczynski, one of the co-founders and responsible for R&D.
Easy experimenting with enhanced hardware and software
Plenty of hardware enhancements have led to an even more reliable printing process as well as a new software, Sinterit Studio 2018 which was created by former Google employees and offers maximized automation and an even better user experience of all processes. Sinterit’s end-to-end system allows for a short and effortless production process. Both Sinterit Sandblaster and Sieve reduce processing time and accelerate the product development.
"Now thanks to such affordable and simple machines, you can move on from other limiting 3D technologies and reach out for powerful prints from SLS, simply on your desktop", says PaweÅ‚ Szczurek, CEO at Sinterit.
Affordable prices, open to new materials
The Sinterit Lisa 2 will cost €11,990 for Europe ($14,900 for US market) and the full end-to-end system just €13,990 for Europe ($17,400 for US market). The first deliveries are set for September 2018, with pre-orders already available on Sinterit’s website. Printing materials include strong and chemical-resistant plastics Nylon PA12 and Flexa Black, a TPU material for rubber-like applications. With Lisa 2, the company is also introducing new Flexa Grey with higher flexibility, and PA11 with superior chemical and temperature resistance. And while the R&D department is busy working on other materials, customers themselves are free to experiment with materials on their own.
Range of applications
The combination of SLS technology and plenty of materials give unlimited application possibilities for prototyping and functional parts in industries such as automotive, electronics, robotics, plastics, medicine, and more. From PA12, the most popular material, customers 3D print turbines, pipes and electronic housings, whereas it is mainly tool handles and handrails produced from PA11. Other, more flexible applications, include seals and flexible easel. Applications are literally endless and designers and engineers from every industry can now strive to make real everything they can possibly imagine.
Sinterit is the first manufacturer of desktop selective laser sintering 3D printers, with a mission to accelerate the world’s development by giving access to innovative 3D printing SLS technology. It has a focus on ease of use, versatility, and availability so that tomorrow can happen today. The company, founded by former Google employees with experience in the industry since 2014, delivers reliable, high-precision printers to customers around the world. During its three years on the market, Sinterit LISA has printed thousands of 3D products. For more information visit www.sinterit.com or follow @Sinterit on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or watch the new video on YouTube.
Sinterit. Go Forward!
Dr. Elisabeth Bauer
Head of Public Relations, FIT Additive Manufacturing Group