The desktop fused filament fabrication (FFF) movement quickly saw a proliferation of low-cost FFF systems, which was followed by a similar trend with desktop vat photopolymerization machines.
The low-cost selective laser sintering (SLS) revolution, however, hasn’t been as quick to take off. This is, in part, due to the cost of the components involved and the complexity of SLS machines. Nevertheless, the trend is occurring at a slower pace, with several firms now offering desktop SLS machines, including Sinterit , Sintratec , Sharebot , and Formlabs.
The most recently released is the Fuse 1 from Formlabs, which attempts to offer affordable SLS 3D printing with the quality now expected of the Formlabs brand. We recently got a chance to see a demonstration of the Form 3L large-format stereolithography (SLA) 3D printer from the Cambridge-area startup. Now, Joshua Niman, Sales Engineering Lead at Formlabs, has given us a look at the Fuse 1 so that we could get a sense for its workflow and ease-of-use. Setting up an SLS print in the company’s PreForm software is similar to doing so with an SLA system, except that there is no need for support structure generation due to the fact that the […]
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