XYZ Printing (San Diego, California) has unveiled its new MfgPro230 xS 3D Printer that uses CO2 Selective Laser Sintering technology (SLS) for printing in various plastic materials to produce a wider selection of engineering parts. The MfgPro230 xS lays down a layer of thermoplastic material and fuses it with a laser. The result is a print “that rivals injection molding products in terms of strength and precision while creating stronger parts and reducing production time,” said the OEM. With SLS technology, the thermoplastic material serves as the support material, thereby eliminating the need to design and print additional support materials. The printing process uses less material and the printed product is left undamaged. Plus, multiple models can be stacked and printed in any orientation.
The MfgPro230 xS print speed can reach up to 1 litre per hour, making the printer ideal for small business production and engineering design processes. The printer helps shorten design verification processes, allowing users to quickly realize product concepts during the design and development (D&D) stage, reduce D&D costs, and accelerate the entire process. The printer uses two software suites – SLS Build and SLS Ware. SLS Build allows users to directly operate a model-sintering process on the printer. SLS Ware allows users to remotely plan sintering projects on the printer and check printing files. The removable build tray module in the MfgPro230 xS lets users print more efficiently. By removing the build tray, users can clean their prints while placing a new build tray directly into the machine to start a new print immediately. The removable print tray provides a cleaner solution for powder removal and a more efficient method for printing, XYZ added.