Course info
Nov 6, 2017
1h 21m

So, you have experience with FDM printing, but have hit a wall of slow processing using this method. Selective laser sintering (SLS) is one of the fastest throughput methods of additive manufacturing today. In this course, 3D Printing: Design for Selective Laser Sintering, you'll learn how to properly prepare a model utilizing SLS printing. First, you'll explore the process of SLS along with the multiple design rules that must be kept in mind. Next, you'll put your knowledge to use by learning how to modify a fun phone mount for a bike. Then, you'll discover a workflow for manually merging your multiple versions of the phone mount model to re-implement design changes made during the SLS prototyping process. Finally, you'll cover multiple CAD-independent concepts, such as how to leverage user parameters, how to complete the modifications using both a parametric workflow, and a direct editing workflow. When you're finished with this course, you'll have the necessary skills and knowledge to successfully modify a model for laser sintering. Software required: Fusion 360.

About the author
About the author

Mitch is an Industrial designer, concept sculptor, and 3D printing expert. Based in Texas, he currently is launching a 3D printing company, offering 3D printers in both large and small formats; as well as 3D printing and design consulting services.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone. My name is Mitch Pricer, and welcome to my course, 3D Printing: Design for Selective Laser Sintering. I'm an industrial designer and additive manufacturing expert at MPD LLC. In this course, we're going to dive in and discuss how to modify a model for selective laser sintering, one of the many additive manufacturing methods. Some of the major topics we will cover include design rules for modifying your models correctly, some of the Fusion 360 basics, how to make the necessary modifications, both parametrically and with direct editing, and how to manually merge versions in Fusion 360. By the end of this course, you'll know just about everything required to modify a model for selective laser sintering. Before beginning the course, you should be familiar with any CAD package; however, you'll get the most out of this course if you follow along in Fusion 360. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn how to modify parts for SLS with the 3D Printing: Design for Selective Laser Sintering course, here at Pluralsight.

Introduction to Design for SLS
Hello. I'm Mitch Pricer, and welcome to the first module of our course. We will be going over the selective laser sintering, or SLS process, as well as some design rules for having successful prints. Let's take a look at the course coming up. First, and as already mentioned, we will spend this module taking a look at how to design for the SLS process. This includes getting to know the process a little better itself as well. Then we will move on to the fun part and get into how to modify a model for SLS printing. In this course, that will be a phone mount for a bike designed for injection molding. It's a great example with a lot of SLS issues that we'll really get to have some fun modifying. We'll wrap up the course with a module on some quick workflows for implementing any changes we'd like to the SLS version of our model into the main one. I will say in Fusion 360 as of August 2017, the recording of this course, this process isn't quite there yet, but we can still do some tricks to compare our models and implement the changes. Alright, let's get into it.

Compare and Contrast
Hello. Mitch Pricer here again. Welcome to the final module of our course on design for SLS. This module will show some workflows and workarounds for re-implementing design changes made during the SLS prototyping process to our final model. So, what's coming up? We'll start off by taking a look at branching and merging versions, which makes this process far easier and faster. We'll use Onshape as an example of a CAD package with this in it, however, any decent PDM software will support branching. That being said, it is coming very soon to Fusion 360, but is not currently supported as of the recording of this course in late August 2017. With that in mind, what can we do if we don't have merging branches of our design, but just plain old versions? Luckily, that is where some of our inspection tools and A360 can come into play. In this module, that will be the workflow we will use to reimplement design changes into our final model. Now, what does version control look like in most CAD packages and Fusion 360? Let's check that out in the next clip.