The hugely respected desktop 3D printer manufacturer, Formlabs, has launched a Selected Laser Sintering (SLS) system. Reaching levels acceptable for industrial applications, this benchtop printer has incorporated every easy-to-use hardware and software option available to give the user a highly efficient SLS 3D printer.
Printing in Formlabs’ own Nylon 12 powder unique to the Fuse 1, users can expect parts exhibiting fine detail along with high environmental stability and strength. Ideal features for functional prototypes and parts with complex geometries.
After the part is built, recovery of the powder is by vacuum extraction in the Fuse Sift recovery station. This unit is separate to the printer and ensures maximum safety in the environment containing the powder. The required operational level of the anti-static dissipative vacuum is NFPA 652 – Class II Division 2. Using accessories such as the hose, the vacuum can also be used to clean the build chamber and sifter mesh as well as keeping the general area clear of loose powder.
For near continuous use, it is possible to transfer the powder cartridges and build chambers between the Fuse 1 3D Printer and the Fuse Sift recovery station. Powder from the Fuse Sift can be recycled into the Fuse 1 hopper, with the powder cartridge doubling-up as a mixing containing to combine the new and recycled powder.
16.5 x 16.5 x 30cm
64.5 x 68.5 x 107cm (165.5cm with stand); 114kg (excluding build chamber and powder)
Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
Windows 7 and up / Mac OSX 10.6.8 and up
PRINT SUPPORT STRUCTURES
No supports necessary