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Selective laser sintering: A qualitative and objective approach

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This article presents an overview of selective laser sintering (SLS) work as reported in various journals and proceedings. Selective laser sintering was first done mainly on polymers and nylon to create prototypes for audio-visual help and fit-to-form tests. Gradually it was expanded to include metals and alloys to manufacture functional prototypes and develop rapid tooling. The growth gained momentum with the entry of commercial entities such as DTM Corporation and EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems. Computational modeling has been used to understand the SLS process, optimize the process parameters, and enhance the efficiency of the sintering machine.

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For more information, contact Sanjay Kumar, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Heverlee, Leuven, 3001, Belgium; +32 16 32 2534; fax 32 16 32 2987; e-mail sanjay.kumar@student.kuleuven.ac.be.

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Kumar, S. Selective laser sintering: A qualitative and objective approach. JOM 55, 43–47 (2003). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11837-003-0175-y

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