The main objective of the Polyforce SBO project is to identify new polymers suitable for shaping using Selective Laser Sintering (SLS): 95% of all SLS parts are currently manufactured from polyamide 12 (PA12).
The project has three milestones that serve as a guide to increase the development speed of new polymeric products for SLS:
- Establishment of a screening methodology to judge whether a given polymer is amenable to SLS processing
- Production of new polymer powders suitable for SLS processing, including a strategy to recycle the unsintered powder.
- Development of a robust SLS protocol to process the newly developed powders to achieve high quality parts.