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Using selective laser sintering for manufacturing

James Butler (3Dproparts, Goodland, Indiana, USA)

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Article publication date: 2 August 2011




The purpose of this paper is to describe the basics of selective laser sintering (SLS) and also the benefits of designing parts to be built using this technology. Some design requirements are also included.


This paper was written to assist design engineers in using the SLS technology as opposed to traditional manufacturing technologies.


The findings of the paper are primarily limited to the differences of the functionality of products designed for manufacture using traditional technologies as compared to the ability to design for perfect functionality and the parts are able to be manufactured using SLS.


The paper shows that any application where light weight, maximum performance or the ability to customize is the prime consideration is a candidate for the many benefits afforded by SLS and the related technologies.



Butler, J. (2011), "Using selective laser sintering for manufacturing", Assembly Automation, Vol. 31 No. 3, pp. 212-219.



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