Laser Prototypes boosts SLS materials range
By Barry Copping
Posted 2 July 2012
Growing use of selective laser sintering for short-run production sparks interest in new materials
Following an expansion of its selective laser sintering (SLS) production capabilities, the Belfast rapid prototyping bureau Laser Prototypes has added three new functional materials to its SLS range.
PrimeCast 101 is cited as combining high accuracy, fine surface quality and good strength, suiting it to the production of casting patterns in general, and with a low melting point and minimum ash residue, lost patterns for investment castings in particular.
Prime Part FR offers high temperature resistance, claims Laser Prototypes, with a melting point of 176oC. Its flame retardant properties make it appropriate to electronic, aerospace and automotive applications.
Metallic in appearance, Alumide is claimed to offer “exceptional” surface finishing properties, high strength and high heat capacity; it is recommended for producing tools for wind tunnel testing. High stiffness and part quality have made Alumide popular for small series production of tools and fixtures, according to the company.
Campbell Evans, sales & marketing director for Laser Prototypes, says “We have noticed an increased level of interest in SLS for production purposes over the past year. Customer feedback has been very positive and we believe that the addition of these three new materials to our range will enable us to better meet this growing customer demand.”
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