HSS 3D printing could compete with injection moulding over large runs

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Work out of the University of Sheffield is hoped to offer the potential of 3D printing able to compete with injection moulding for large quantities of plastic parts.

The Financial Times reports that Professor Neil Hopkinson, who has lead research on a process called High Speed Sintering (HSS) believes it would produce volumes of greater than 1 million parts.

It is reported that the process, which uses infrared light to cure ink that binds polymer powder together, can create small parts in under a second.

The plan is to licence the technology to Voxeljet, a German 3D printing company, which is aiming to release machines using HSS in 2017 or 2018.

HSS is one of recent efforts to speed up polymer-based 3D printing, such as HP’s Multi Jet Fusion and Carbon3D.

Below is a video released last year discussing the Sheffield process.

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