6/14/2016

Sculpteo Smoothing Process for SLS Parts Mimics Injection Molding

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Customers can add this finishing process to orders as part of a beta program.

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Scuplteo, a provider of online 3D printing services, has announced a physicochemical process that transforms the texture of selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D-printed parts. The patent pending process, called Smoothing Beautifier, is ideal for additive manufacturers seeking to give their polyamide-based parts a smooth and glossy finish similar to injection-molded plastic. As of May 17, 2016, Smoothing Beautifier is offered to Sculpteo customers as part of a controlled beta program.

Sculpteo co-founder and CEO Clement Moreau said, “Our customers are constantly looking for ways to close the gap between prototyping and production to accelerate their own business growth. This new finishing technology gives SLS-parts the look and feel of high end production parts which means they can be used as part of the production process, saving time and the expense of injection molding.”

Serge Renouard, CEO of Invoxia, a maker of innovative telecommunications products, speakers and connected devices said, “The Smoothing Beautifier process from Sculpteo gives 3D printing a new touch. Prototypes and small series can now be manufactured using 3D printing with a finish as good as with injection molding.”

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