As an experienced manufacturer, Fathom is known for producing high-quality additive manufacturing parts using selective laser sintering (SLS). Whether your project is time-sensitive, requires high precision, or is highly complex or short project run related, our team can meet the requirements of your project. SLS is just one of the many manufacturing technologies offered by Fathom. Get started today.
Selective laser sintering is a powder-based additive manufacturing method used to make end-use parts, models, and prototypes. During the SLS process, a thin layer of powder is spread over the build volume. A laser is used to sinter cross-sections of the part, which fuses the powder. Any unused powder serves as a support structure, and no support removal is needed. Once the part has been formed, it is excavated and bead blasted.
There are multiple benefits of SLS. As mentioned, no support material is needed, which results in a faster turnaround. It is possible to produce pieces with complex geometries in small to medium batches. SLS parts have good isotropic mechanical properties. Any unused material can be reused. Multiple parts can be produced simultaneously, which maximizes the build space of the SLS machine.
Selective laser sintering is used to make parts and prototypes for various industries. Fuel tanks, ductwork, clips, clamps, limb replacements and brackets have all been made using SLS. Engineering, healthcare, and automotive are just a few of the industries that use SLS components.
Fathom offers multiple additive layering technologies, including selective laser sintering. Additive manufacturing is the process of forming parts by layering materials. In addition to SLS, Fathom also offers fuse deposition modeling, stereolithography, multi jet fusion, polyjet, direct metal laser sintering, etc. Selective laser sintering is just one of 28 manufacturing processes offered by Fathom.
Fathom has 2 US-based locations that offer 3D printing with nationwide coverage to the entire United States. Fathom’s advanced prototyping and manufacturing services include injection molding, CNC machining, chemical etching, metal 3D printing, and more. We have provided over 200,000 quotes to leading US companies and are ready to provide you with a quote today.
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A: Yes, Fathom offers additive manufacturing services.
A: An additive manufacturing machine produces a part by placing material in layers, gradually adding more raw material until a part is formed.
A: Fathom’s certifications include ISO 9001:2015, ISO 9001:2015 Design, and ISO 13485:2016. For site-specific certifications, please visit https://fathommfg.com/fathom-manufacturing-certifications.
A: Fathom is ITAR certified. For site-specific certifications, please visit https://fathommfg.com/fathom-manufacturing-certifications.
A: Yes, Fathom is AS9100:2016 certified. For site-specific certifications, please visit https://fathommfg.com/fathom-manufacturing-certifications.
A: Fathom’s certifications include NIST 800-171. For site-specific certifications, please visit https://fathommfg.com/fathom-manufacturing-certifications.
A: SLS is a powder-based manufacturing technology used to create end-use parts, prototypes, and models.
A: SLS stands for selective laser sintering.
A: Both SLS and SLA are additive manufacturing processes. SLS parts are made within a fully enclosed machine where the part cannot be viewed as it is printed. SLA parts are made on a machine enclosed with glass or plastic and the part can be viewed as it is made. SLA produces complex parts that can be brittle. SLS have a slightly rougher surface finish but similar detail and complexity. SLS parts can be used for mechanical applications.
A: Materials used in selective laser sintering include PA12, TPU 88A, PA12 glass bead, PA 11, and PA 11 fire retardant.
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