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Rhodia has announced the upcoming launch of polyamide (PA) powders for rapid prototyping and small series manufacturing by selective laser sintering (SLS).

This is the first time that PA 6 powders are offered for direct part fabrication by SLS.

The range will be extended to include PA 66 powders in the coming months.

Using SLS, designers and processors can produce complete families of fully functional prototype parts, each with different dimensions, one after the other, before they cut any metal for tooling.

Once the design is validated, they can even use SLS for limited series commercial production.

Industries such as aerospace, automobile racing, robotics or medical prosthesis manufacturers have already adopted direct manufacturing technologies that aim to produce in a fraction of time customised design parts with properties similar to those made by traditional technologies.

‘With processing properties perfectly adapted to SLS laser sintering – as well as other fabrication techniques based on addition of layers of powder – this new product range makes these innovative technologies much more accessible than before, opening the way to new applications and new markets,’ said Jean-Pierre Marchand, director of marketing and innovation for Rhodia’s engineering plastics activities.

Rhodia Engineering Plastics

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