Sculpteo adds new SLS 3D printers to increase production capacity
French 3D printing services Sculpteo is performing some fine tuning to its processes to speed up production and give the user more control on how the designs will be 3D printed. The company says they have worked hard to improve the internal processes to gain efficiency from the moment an order is passed to the moment it’s being delivered and adding new machines to its production capacity.
With the acuisition of new 3D printers, the company expects to reduce the time a user must wait to get the print. Sculpeto team is setting up brand new (and freshly delivered) EOS P396 3D printers to allow for more speed and production flexibility. Compared to its previous version, the EOS P395, the P396 is a machine designed to be faster. It plays on three different factors: (i)The laser is more powerful to allow for a faster sintering of the raw polyamide powder, (ii) The management of the temperature inside the printer is more efficient, in particular the sensors that are reading the temperature on the surface of the building volume are more accurate, and (iii) The recoater is A LOT faster, which means less time between each new layer.
Among the changes the company is carrying out for both both production and post-production processes, they will allow more control on the layer thickness, the possibility to have a wider range of finishes and the chance to choose for slower production mode (and save money) if you’re not in a hurry.
The company notes that small white plastic objects (a few cubic centimeters) are now ship in 3 business days. Adding polishing or color will increase the post-production time needed to finish the part.
Since one good news never comes alone, plastic is not the only material that’s getting new machines. "We’re also adding some brand new 3D Systems Projet 660 to our machine mix to bring you more printing capacity (and speed) in our multicolor material. For those you are not very familiar with this material, it’s mostly used for objects that are produced as visual mockups or for decoration purposes (figurines)", the company says in its blog.