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Sinterit’s new Lisa X compact SLS printer launched at Formnext

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Last week we exclusively reported that Sinterit revealed the new Lisa X – its 3rd generation compact SLS 3D printer. The new system presented as the fastest compact SLS 3D printer in Sinterit‘s offer, built for agility and productivity, made its official debut at Formnext.

After more than five years of producing reliable compact SLS 3D printers, Sinterit introduced the Lisa X as its most efficient and fast solution, with industrial level sintering speed in a compact package. Printing time is up to ten times faster than the previous Lisa PRO model.

“Despite the pandemic, we are growing rapidly. After more than five years on the market, and getting countless customer feedback, for the first time we have launched two major products in one year. In September we entered the industrial market with NILS 480, and now we are presenting Lisa X. Third generation of compact SLS 3D printer made to speed up your innovation,” said Maxime Polesello, Sinterit’s CEO. “We are still focused on delivering the whole SLS 3D printing solution, to make additive manufacturing useful and meaningful. With Lisa X this experience will be even better—faster prints and bigger print volume answers the most common demands of the market,” Polesello added.

How fast is Lisa X?

With a build speed of 10-14 mm/h for the PA12 material, Lisa X is the fastest compact SLS 3D printer in Sinterit’s offer. The full print volume could be printed in 30 hours, while most prints could be ready in less than 24 hours. The “next day prototyping” usability was one of the milestones that compact SLS 3D printers manufacturers needed to achieve to meet the expectations of the users of other rapid prototyping technologies like FDM or SLA. Now, with high-speed Lisa X, they could get more printed elements per week, more tested designs. It means less time spent on waiting for the results and more time for improving the designs themselves. It also accelerates the time-to-market of new products and decreases prototyping costs.

New details emerge on Sinterit's new Lisa X compact SLS printer: printing time is up to ten times faster than the previous Lisa PRO model

How big is Lisa X?

The usable area, which is also the build size, measures 130 x 170 x 330 mm (5.1 x 7.1 x 13.0 in).

For example with electric connectors: previously, with Lisa, it was possible to print 56 sets in 103 hours. On the Lisa PRO the total grew to 112 sets in 205 hours, while Lisa X gives you the possibility to print as many as 270 sets in just 28 hours.

For prototyping of larger bigger parts, Sinterit showed a model measuring 138 x 123 x 74 mm. The original Lisa would not have enough space to print it in one piece while the Lisa PRO has the possibility to print one part in about 69.9 hours. With Lisa X it is possible to print two interactions of the model in just 21.5 hours.

New details emerge on Sinterit's new Lisa X compact SLS printer: printing time is up to ten times faster than the previous Lisa PRO model

Optimal printing time

A larger volume and faster printing time result in optimal printing costs. As more prints and tests could be performed in just one run, less powder and energy are used. Materials are easy to change and cleaning the printer doesn’t force the user to wait for the printer to be used. Sinterit is also known for having one of the best powder refresh ratios on the market, which means that users don’t have to add a lot of fresh powder to make new prints. They can just reuse the powder that wasn’t sintered during printing, which is both more economical and ecological at once.

Lisa X is also equipped with a special airblade which enables more efficient preparation for printing. Instead of cleaning laser glass each time before printing, the airblade cleans it automatically during printing. It only means the user needs to clean the laser glass after 3 print cycles, not after each one.

New details emerge on Sinterit's new Lisa X compact SLS printer: printing time is up to ten times faster than the previous Lisa PRO model

A healthy heritage

Lisa X offers everything that was previously available in Sinterit’s offer. Starting from Sinterit’s recognized high printout quality: high precision, sharp edges, and repeatable dimensions. Typical benefits of SLS technology, such as no need for supporting structures, smooth surfaces, and the ability to print movable parts are also still on the table. Sinterit was always known for providing an open environment, a must have for educational and research applications. WIth the Lisa X users can modify 32 parameters within sections including printing temperature, warmup and cooldown, laser power, laser movement or model scale.

All of our compact SLS 3D printers are in production, as they cover different needs,” said Michal Grzymala-Moszczynski, Head of R&D and Co-founder of Sinterit. “Lisa, our first model is the most compact and most affordable SLS 3D printer, Lisa PRO guarantees a wide range of materials and an open environment. [Now] Lisa X adds fast printing time and large working area” he concluded.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based 3dpbm. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore, as well as 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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