Micronics Introduces Revolutionary SLS 3D Printer: A Game Changer in Additive Manufacturing

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Wisconsin-based 3D printing company Micronics has announced its new Micron desktop Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) 3D printer.

Priced at $2999, the Micron is designed to bring industrial-grade 3D printing capabilities to desktops for professionals and hobbyists alike, says the company. One of the key features of the Micron is its ability to print complex objects without the need for support structures. This is achieved through a high-powered laser that fuses layers of powdered plastic together. The surrounding unfused powder acts as a natural support for the object being printed, allowing for the creation of intricate shapes with a high degree of accuracy.

Design freedom and durable materials

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According to the company, the printer focuses on producing high-quality, durable parts. It utilizes high-performance polymers like Nylon, resulting in parts that are reportedly very strong and resistant to chemicals and wear. Additionally, the build chamber allows users to maximize efficiency by stacking hundreds of parts for production runs.

Safety and user-friendliness are key aspects of the Micron’s design. The printer includes MicroSlicer, a complimentary, custom-built software program designed specifically for the Micron. This software features a novel physics-based packing algorithm to optimize part placement within the build chamber. The printer itself features a fully enclosed powder handling system for clean operation and built-in safety features, including 2-stage carbon-HEPA filters and a removable fume extractor.

Another noteworthy aspect of the Micron is that it is entirely built and supported in the USA. This ensures high quality and reliability for users. To further protect user privacy, both the printer and the slicer operate completely offline.

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Technical specifications of the Micron 3D printer

For more information on the Micron desktop SLS 3D printer and its Kickstarter campaign, visit Micronics’ official website or its Kickstarter page starting June 13th, 2024, at 12:00 pm CDT.

Technology Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
Machine Dimensions (W X D X H) 310 x 330 x 700 mm
Machine + Build Chamber Empty Mass 19 kg
Build Volume (X x Y x Z) 160 x 160 x 205 mm (5.2 L)
Material Compatibility PA12, TPU 90A (Currently Supported) PA12-GF, PA12-CF, PA11, PP (Upcoming)
Usable Build Volume (X x Y x Z) 145 x 145 x 200 mm
Layer Thickness 100 – 150 µm, 110 µm Default
Build Chamber Fully Enclosed, Self-contained Powder Storage
Powder Storage Capacity 8.9 L
Printer Cleaning for Material Change Not Required
Heat-up Time (25°C Ambient) 15-25 Minutes
Cooldown Time (Full Build) < 6 Hours
Maximum Build Speed 67 mm/hour (Z direction, 150 µm Layers)
Typical Build Speed (15% Cross Section Fill) 8 mm/hour (Z direction, 110 µm Layers)
Minimum Material Refresh Rate 10% (Zero Waste if >10% Build Volume Filled)
Laser Source 5W 447nm CW Diode Operating Environment 18-30 ºC, <80% Relative Humidity
Laser Scanner Proprietary Closed-Loop X-Y Galvanometers Slicer Micronics MicroSlicer
Surface Heating 4 Zone Halogen Heater Minimum System Requirements Windows 10/11 64-bit DirectX 11/12 Compatible 8 GB RAM
Chamber Heating 13 Zone Resistive Heater Supported File Formats .STL
Air Handling 2-Stage Carbon and HEPA filter Part Nesting Automatic / Interactive / Manual
Radiation Rating Class 1 Laser Product Powder Handling & Refresh Manual Sifting Shaker Bin
Connectivity SD Card Refreshed Powder Capacity 7.2L
Power Requirement 100-120VAC 10A / 220-240VAC 5A Air Filtration Detachable HEPA Air Filter Unit
Average Power Consumption 450 – 500W Vacuum Cleaner Not Required

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