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Using selective laser sintering for manufacturing

Using selective laser sintering for manufacturing Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe the basics of selective laser sintering (SLS) and also the benefits of designing parts to be built using this technology. Some design requirements are also included. Design/methodology/approach – This paper was written to assist design engineers in using the SLS technology as opposed to traditional manufacturing technologies. Findings – The findings of the paper are primarily limited to the differences of the functionality of products designed for manufacture using traditional technologies as compared to the ability to design for perfect functionality and the parts are able to be manufactured using SLS. Originality/value – The paper shows that any application where light weight, maximum performance or the ability to customize is the prime consideration is a candidate for the many benefits afforded by SLS and the related technologies. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Assembly Automation Emerald Publishing

Using selective laser sintering for manufacturing

Assembly Automation , Volume 31 (3): 8 – Aug 2, 2011

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0144-5154
DOI
10.1108/01445151111150541
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe the basics of selective laser sintering (SLS) and also the benefits of designing parts to be built using this technology. Some design requirements are also included. Design/methodology/approach – This paper was written to assist design engineers in using the SLS technology as opposed to traditional manufacturing technologies. Findings – The findings of the paper are primarily limited to the differences of the functionality of products designed for manufacture using traditional technologies as compared to the ability to design for perfect functionality and the parts are able to be manufactured using SLS. Originality/value – The paper shows that any application where light weight, maximum performance or the ability to customize is the prime consideration is a candidate for the many benefits afforded by SLS and the related technologies.

Journal

Assembly AutomationEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 2, 2011

Keywords: Assembly; Computer aided engineering; Design for manufacture; Small batch production; Flexible assembly; Rapid prototyping; Rapid tooling

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