Standard SLS powder is nylon powder. By placing this in a 3D printer and then melting it, you create an ever-expanding model. This is done in a very detailed manner. Each time, the 3D printer lays out a layer of 0.1mm nylon powder on the print bed. The laser then goes to work to melt this and thereby make a solid layer of it. By continuing to repeat this process, at some point a very specific shape is created. Thanks to the melting of this laser, this shape is also very sturdy. Standard SLS powder is crucial throughout this story to make this printing technique work.
Difference Standard VS Flexible SLS Powder
At the same time, this does not mean that standard SLS powder is the only kind of SLS powder that exists. In addition to this standard form of the nylon powder, there is also a flexible form. We call this the flexible SLS powder. There are a number of important differences between the two types of powder. For example, we are talking about:
· Hardness: To make flexible parts, the material itself must of course not be too hard. This is something that is the case with standard SLS powder. The flexible version, on the other hand, is a lot softer. This has everything to do with the low A-shore. This is a soft hardness, which makes the whole 'soft'. By working with this type of powder, you will soon notice that you get elastic prints. These prints are bendable, without this easily leading to tears or damage. Ideal for end products where a high degree of flexibility comes in handy.
· Applications: The other big difference between standard SLS powder and the flexible variant is the application possibilities. The difference in hardness makes a big difference in optimal applications. For example, standard SLS powder is especially suitable for products where it is important that they retain their solid shape. Think of detailed product parts or prototypes. For flexible SLS powder you should think more of applications such as toys, clothing parts and medical models. They require a certain degree of elasticity for maximum practicality.
Are you currently looking for standard SLS powder or flexible SLS powder? Then you are in the right place for both types of products. We are happy to provide you with the right materials to get started with the 3D printer in the short term. Ultimately, it is purely a matter of determining which types of products require a certain elasticity. If this is the case, then choosing a flexible SLS powder is probably not a bad idea. Place your order and receive the SLS powder quickly on location!