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A New Era for Selective Laser Sintering

Sintratec, a Swiss provider of industrial 3D printing systems, announces the All-Material Platform (AMP) as a significant milestone in the company's history. In a world first, the AMP scalable from prototyping to production and allows all of its materials to be processed on the same production line.

Sintratec ushers in a new era for Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) with the launch of Formnext, the 3D printing industry's largest trade conference. Sintratec is transitioning from supplying single, isolated 3D printers to providing a modular and scalable production platform. Sintratec refers to this one-of-a-kind and patented system as the All-Material Platform (AMP).

The 3D printers of the All-Material Platform are grouped into two groups. Everything that comes into touch with the printing material, such as the powder tanks and the recoater, is housed in the so-called Build Modules. The Fusion Modules, the second element, are not contaminated with powder and contain the more expensive components, such as the laser and optics. Because of this modularity, numerous polymers and metals may be treated affordably on the same production line. The AMP's revolutionary modular architecture also means that all of its components are cross compatible and interchangeable.

With the launch of Sintratec's second generation of modules - the Sintratec S3 and MCU-220 - the benefits of the platform approach are underlined even further. The S3 has a powerful 30 watt fiber laser, which enhances printing speed greatly over the S2. The new MCU-220, which joins the current Build Module (MCU-160), has a 90% larger build space, making it the best choice for larger objects and better throughput. Furthermore, the Sintratec PA12 GF - a glass-filled polyamide 12 variation for parts with particularly high stiffness and impact strength - has been added to the AMP material offering.

The AMP distinguishes itself from traditional industrial 3D printing, where scaling from initial prototyping to production remains complex and costly, with the resulting production lines frequently limited to one material. Customers can customise their AMP setup to their specific application and benefit from an ideal cost structure by picking modules. Customers do not need to replace their existing hardware when scaling up, thereby future proofing their setups, thanks to the modules' backward and forward compatibility.

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