Sep 20, 2017 | By Tess

Polish 3D printer manufacturer Sinterit has made an announcement that is sure to please the maker community: it is slashing the cost of its Sinterit Lisa SLS 3D printer by roughly 50 per cent. The 3D printer, which previously cost around $12,500, is now available for as little as $5,960 (€4,990).

The Sinterit Lisa 3D printer was first introduced in 2015, and gained attention for being one of the most low-cost SLS 3D printing solutions on the market. Competing against other SLS printers, which can cost upwards of $100,000, the Sinterit Lisa has been a distinctly accessible machine for those in need of selective laser sintering.

Moreover, the machine has also been recognized for its high quality prints, and Sinterit says its varied client base has offered much praise for what the Sinterit Lisa has helped each customer accomplish.

As Sinterit explains, “Previously only industrial machines operated in the SLS technology, while prints were prepared solely upon a subcontractor order. Sinterit made this advanced technology accessible even to small and medium organizations enabling them to work on their projects directly, right after the completion of the virtual planning process.”

Now, thanks to new technological solutions and the optimization of the printer’s production, Sinterit has been able to seriously reduce the cost of its SLS 3D printing system. In addition to the dramatic price drop, the company says it will be launching online sales for the 3D printer, making it even more accessible.

Suspension structure 3D printed on the Sinterit Lisa

Michał Grzymała-Moszczyński, Sinterit co-founder, explains that after three years of having the Sinterit Lisa on the market, the company found that by scaling up the production of the 3D printer and offering online sales, it could drastically reduce the cost of the machine.

“From the very beginning our goal was to bring to market the most affordable SLS machine,” he says in a video interview. Now, it seems like the Sinterit team really has.

From top left, clockwise: 3D printed bearing, variable pitch impeller, caradan joint, and cable tie

Unlike FDM and SLA 3D printing, selective laser sintering has largely remained an expensive and thus mainly industrial additive manufacturing process. The technology, which uses a laser to sinter (often nylon-based) powdered material, is known for producing highly precise and very strong parts.

These features, along with the fact that it is possible to print articulated parts using SLS, make the technology well suited for manufacturing functional prototypes as well as small-batch production parts.

The Sinterit Lisa, hailed as the first desktop SLS system, boasts a build chamber of 150 x 200 x 150 mm, a variable layer thickness of between 0.075 and 0.175 mm, and compatibility with PA12 Smooth and Flexa Black materials.

Any interested businesses, professional designers, or makers are invited to check out Sinterit’s low-cost SLS 3D printing system via its website.

 

 

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