10-Minute Tech Talk: Design for Selective Laser Sintering

Available On-Demand until June 29, 2017

Designing for industrial-grade 3D printing has fewer considerations than traditional manufacturing processes. However, elements such as surface finish, feature size, and build orientation can impact part performance. 

In this presentation you will learn about important factors to consider when designing a part for selective laser sintering (SLS). 

SLS uses a nylon-based powder similar to actual engineering thermoplastics so parts exhibit toughness and accuracy but have a rough surface finish. Learn about the process as well as key features such as weight reduction, living hinges, threads, and more.


Joe Cretella, Applications Specialist, Proto Labs

Joe Cretella is an Application Engineer with more than three years of experience in rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing. His focus is on stereolithography, selective laser sintering, and direct metal laser sintering technologies, and he provides guidance to engineers on designing for manufacturability. Joe regularly consults with product development professionals from a range of industries including medical, consumer products, aerospace, and automotive. He graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in industrial and systems engineering and is currently working for Proto Labs, a rapid manufacturing company specializing in custom prototypes and low-volume production parts.


Lisa Arrigo, Tech Briefs Media Group

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