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Fuse Series SLS Printers vs. Traditional Powder Bed Fusion Systems

This comparison guide will cover the main differences between compact SLS printers such as Formlabs Fuse 1+ 30W that can easily fit into existing office or manufacturing spaces and large footprint machines that require more planning and preparation to integrate into an existing workflow.

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  1. What Is SLS?
  2. Applications of SLS 3D Printing
  3. Powder Bed Fusion 3D Printers Available
  4. Compare Compact SLS vs. Traditional Powder Bed 3D Printers
  5. Which Solution Is Best for Your Workflow?
  6. Compact SLS Grows With The Business Need

What Is SLS?

Selective laser sintering (SLS) refers to a type of 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, where a laser sinters powdered particles into a thin, solid layer on top of a bed of powder. New powder particles cover the previous layer, the laser sinters again, and the process repeats, building a three-dimensional object. There are multiple similar powder bed fusion (PBF) 3D printing technologies that use some type of binding agent, whether it's a laser’s heat as with SLS, or a liquid binding agent as in multi-jet fusion (MJF) technologies. This comparison will compare compact SLS systems, such as Formlabs’ Fuse 1+ 30W SLS printer, to large-format powder bed fusion solutions.

Applications of SLS 3D Printing

The strength and superior mechanical properties of many SLS printed parts make a wide range of applications possible, from functional prototyping to end-use products in diverse industries.

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