In this whitepaper, we evaluate the value proposition of bringing selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printers in-house, in comparison with outsourcing SLS parts from a service bureau. While SLS 3D printing is one of the most popular additive manufacturing processes, SLS printers are currently installed in businesses at lower numbers than other technologies due to their traditionally large size, complexity, and high price. With the introduction of the economically sized and priced Fuse Series, Formlabs has changed the landscape and allowed for manufacturers to bring SLS technology in-house, empowering businesses to reduce their costs and reliance on external suppliers. By providing an overview of the SLS 3D printing market today and conducting six case studies representing three applications, we will demonstrate the positive ROI of bringing SLS in- house for all different types of businesses.
Formlabs Description: Formlabs is expanding access to digital fabrication, so anyone can make anything. Headquartered in Somerville, Massachusetts with offices in Germany, Japan, China, Singapore, Hungary, and North Carolina, Formlabs is the professional 3D printer of choice for engineers, designers, manufacturers, and decision makers around the globe. Formlabs products include the Form 3+, Form 3B+, Form 3L, and Form 3BL powered by an advanced form of stereolithography (SLA) called Low Force Stereolithography (LFS)™ 3D printing, Form Wash and Form Cure post-processing solutions, Fuse 1 SLS 3D printer, and Form Cell manufacturing solution. Through its Factory Solutions offering for industrial users, Formlabs provides the factories of tomorrow with the flexibility and versatility needed for demanding, evolving industrial applications. Formlabs also develops its own suite of high-performance materials that continue to push the boundaries for 3D printing, as well as best-in-class 3D printing software. For more information visit formlabs.com.