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SLS Production - A Simple Yet Easy Solution

Last Week at M-Hub, 3Degrees was able to get in contact with a group that was talked about in last weeks blog, Modobag. As a refresher, Modobag is a company that produces ride-able electric suitcases to help make airport travel easier and more fun. This company ran into an issue at the start of their production, where by they needed many parts that would be made with injection molding, but they did not yet have the mold ready. They turned to M-Hub and 3Degrees to help them find a new method to produce parts in a fast and simple method, and soon found themselves looking at producing these parts with M-Hub's SLS machine.

Modobag needed to produce 200 of their parts within a week and a half, and worked it out with M-Hub to effectively "check out" the machine for a week. They then put the production of the parts in 3Degrees and M-Hub's hands to do our best to complete the high quantity of parts in the short time frame.

The part that they needed to produce was a relatively medium size, and we were able fit as many as 48 parts per build. Doing the numbers, we saw that we would need at least four full builds, and one smaller to achieve these numbers, and given the size and amount of parts per build the build times would be about 24 hours long each run. A good practice in the 3D printing industry is to let your SLS parts cool for just as long as they were cooked, so each build would need to take two days from start to finish. This meant that we would be cutting it close to our one and a half week limit on making the parts.

After the week and a half of intense builds, we found ourselves at 188 parts, due to the first build being smaller than the rest. Luckily for us, Modobag had over estimated the amount that they actually needed, and were satisfied with those that we did print. This success was a big win for Modobag for having their parts done, a big win for M-Hub for showing their ability to do small scale production, a big win to 3Degrees for exposing a company to the ability to industrially 3D print, and finally a win to EOS for being able to showcase their abilities with their printer.

This is just one example of an area in production that SLS can help improve, and there are easily many more. As additive manufacturing grows within industry, more and more companies are beginning to see additives potential for improving their business; may this be in prototyping, early production, full scale production, or other.

 

No matter how you look at it though, additive manufacturing is growing up.

 

-Thomas

 

This is just one example of an area in production that SLS can help improve, and there are easily many more. As additive manufacturing grows within industry, more and more companies are beginning to see additives potential for improving their business; may this be in prototyping, early production, full scale production, or other.

No matter how you look at it though, additive manufacturing is growing up.

-Thomas

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