Polish company Sinterit has already established a steady footing in the SLS 3D printing market, being one of the few companies to offer a low-cost hardware option with its Lisa and Lisa PRO series. Today, the company is looking to further solidify its strategic spot in this AM subsegment with the release of a new industrial SLS 3D printing solution, the NILS 480.
A big and fast SLS solution
NILS 480 is an industrial SLS 3D printing solution that, as Sinterit says, meets different needs than its existing Lisa and Lisa PRO systems. The new 3D printer, which is set to hit the market in early 2022, offers end-users a significantly larger printing volume, enabling greater production rates for serial production. The system’s larger build size, measuring 200 x 200 x 330 mm, is complemented by other capabilities, including fast build speeds and a high degree of automation.
In terms of speed, the new 3D printer can reportedly print the entire print bed in a little bit over a day. But this tidbit is just a teaser. Sinterit says it will unveil more details about the upcoming solution (including official printing speed) at a launch webinar on September 15, 2020.
Maxime Polesello, Sinterit CEO, says of the NILS 480: “We used our experience from over 1000 compact systems sold worldwide and decided to reinvent the industrial grade printer, changing the market once again. Starting with the compact line raised the bar for us very high. Our goal was always to provide the highest selective laser sintering quality, but also to make this technology widely available, so with a reachable price in mind. NILS 480 draws from this experience.”
To meet the needs of industrial users, Sinterit has equipped the NILS 480 with various features that enhance the system’s user-friendliness and production capacity, including smart powder distribution and a solution for continuous printing. The machine’s structure and layout, informed by Sinterit’s extensive experience developing compact user-friendly 3D printers, is designed with both ergonomics and economics in mind. In fact, the company stated that users can achieve an ROI on the NILS 480 within just 40 days.
While the sale price of the machine is another detail that will be divulged at the upcoming webinar, Sinterit does hint that the industrial SLS 3D printer will introduce a new level of cost competition to the market. Today, many industrial-grade SLS systems cost upwards of €100,000, with some falling in the €60,000-€100,000 range. The NILS 480 could bring a new price point to the table, which could make the technology more accessible to new AM users or industrial machine users that want to streamline and boost their production agility.
Cost isn’t the only way that Sinterit hopes to make industrial SLS 3D printing more accessible. The company has also designed the NILS 480 3D printer to be as user friendly as possible, flattening the learning curve for operators and automating as much of the process as possible.
The company goes as far as to say that the new 3D printer is even easier and faster to operate than its existing Lisa SLS 3D printers. As a consequence of the printer’s automation features and ease-of-use, the NILS 480 is also expected to have lower maintenance costs than other industrial SLS 3D printers.
The NILS 480 continues a strong tradition at Sinterit. Namely, it is based on an open materials platform, enabling users to print with third-party materials and custom materials. If needed, users can manually adjust and set over 50 printing parameters to get the most out of their material of choice. This is especially appealing for research labs and material developers, who can fine tune parameters to optimize print results and quality.
The 3D printer also benefits from Sinterit’s high refresh ratio for its powder materials. In other words, customers can reuse a high percentage of the powder left over in the print bed, minimizing material waste. The company’s upcoming webinar, which will look at the NILS 480 in closer detail, will also discuss the potential of achieving zero waste with SLS 3D printing, zooming in on a still under-wraps limited powder waste feature.
The NILS 480 certainly marks an exciting expansion in Sinterit’s SLS 3D printing ecosystem, which also comprises a range of powder handling and post-processing solutions. The industrial system will become available to customers as of early 2022. Be sure to tune in to Sinterit’s upcoming webinar at 9am EDT on September 15, 2021 for a closer look at the NILS 480 system.
This article was published in collaboration with Sinterit.