The New Formlabs SLS 3D Printer Has Arrived: The Future of 3D Printing is Now at Due Pi Greco

We are thrilled to introduce our latest family member: the Formlabs SLS 3D printer, a new chapter in our ongoing pursuit of excellence in the realm of 3D printing. In this article, we will delve into the distinctive features of this versatile printer and how we plan to leverage it to elevate the quality of our components.




Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) is emerging as an additive manufacturing technology set to revolutionize our approach to production, from rapid prototyping to creating end-use parts. This article delves into the key features of SLS, outlining its process, materials used, and application areas. Through a detailed overview, we will understand how this technology is becoming more accessible, opening new perspectives in engineering, manufacturing, and medicine.


Selective Laser Sintering Process

SLS 3D printing utilizes a high-powered laser to sinter small polymer powder particles, creating a solid structure based on a 3D model. The process is carefully orchestrated in several phases:

1. Material Deposition:

A thin layer of powder is deposited on the printing platform.

2. Preheating:

The printer heats the powder, preparing it for the sintering process.

3. Laser Sintering:

The laser scans the 3D model, heating the powder just below its melting point, fusing the particles and creating the solid part.

4. Platform Lowering:

The platform lowers slightly, and the process repeats for each layer until the part is complete.

After printing, a cooling period is necessary before proceeding to the next phase of part extraction and cleaning.


Versatility of the Formlabs SLS 3D Printer

Renowned for its versatility and the ability to produce robust and intricate components, Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) technology takes center stage with our new Formlabs SLS 3D printer. It allows us to work with advanced materials like carbon and glass-filled PA, expanding our capabilities.


Optimal Dimensions for Ambitious Projects

With maximum dimensions of 165x165x300mm, this printer provides the flexibility needed to tackle projects of varying complexity. We can manufacture sizable components without compromising quality, unlocking new possibilities for design and production.


Custom Aesthetics and Textures

Our primary goal is to produce aesthetically pleasing “end-user” components, and the SLS printer enables us to achieve this milestone. With its precision, we can achieve custom aesthetics and textures, ensuring that each component meets the highest standards in terms of appearance and feel.


TPMS Internal Structures for Maximum Performance

The Formlabs SLS printer not only ensures the exterior beauty of components but also focuses on internal performance. Utilizing Thin Polymeric Mesh Structures (TPMS), we optimize the strength and lightness of components without compromising robustness.


Cost-Effective with Optimal Cost/Performance Ratio

One key advantage offered by our new printer is its excellent cost-to-performance ratio. Thanks to this combination, we can offer medium/small runs of structural components without significantly impacting costs. This translates into affordable solutions without compromising quality.


Recent Innovations and Accessibility

Recent innovations in mechanical, material, and software sectors have made SLS accessible to a wide range of activities. This has helped overcome access barriers that previously limited this technology to highly specialized sectors. Now, more and more companies can leverage the benefits of SLS printing, enjoying reduced unit costs, high productivity, and tested materials.


Applications and Materials

SLS finds applications in various sectors, from engineering to manufacturing and medicine. Commonly used materials include nylon, polypropylene, and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). Nylon, in particular, is known for its robustness, resilience, and adaptability to various environmental conditions.


Advanced Design and Creative Freedom

One distinctive feature of SLS is its ability to produce parts with complex geometries that are difficult or impossible to achieve with traditional methods. This opens the door to generative design, allowing the creation of lightweight parts and intricate lattice structures.


Due Pi Greco Team: Beyond “Plug&3DPrint”

Our Digital Factory goes beyond offering a “plug&3dprint” service; it is a true partner for all your 3D printing needs. Our highly skilled team is ready to provide support at every stage of the process, ensuring results that exceed expectations.

We cannot help but express our deep gratitude to our AM solutions provider, Formalbs, for their continuous support. Collaborating with reliable partners is crucial for our success and ongoing commitment to excellence.

In conclusion, the Formlabs SLS printer is more than just a new tool in our Digital Factory; it is a gateway to infinite possibilities. Stay connected to explore together the incredible creations that this new addition will enable us to achieve. Our passion for innovation endures, and the SLS printer is our new ally in this extraordinary journey into the world of 3D printing.