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3D Printer Delivers High Resolution, Smooth Surface Finishes and Tough, Durable Plastic Prototypes

Methods 3D Inc. has introduced the 3D Systems' ProX® SLS 500 Selective Laser Sintering production 3D printer featuring fast speeds, high print resolution and an extensive range of engineered composite materials. The ProX SLS 500 delivers superior parts with high precision, durability and quality, all in a compact production-grade system.

Created for the manufacturing floor, the ProX SLS 500 is the newest generation of SLS printers that redefines production capabilities with repeatable results. This printer is designed to produce exceptionally smooth surfaces and high resolution thermoplastic parts. Ready-to-use functional parts and complete assemblies are ideal for aerospace, automotive, patient specific medical devices, fashion accessories and mobile device use cases.

The ProX SLS 500 was developed in tandem with the DuraForm® ProX materials line to produce smoother wall surfaces, high print resolution and edge definition, generating injection molding-like part quality that surpasses existing alternatives.

The integration of the ProX SLS 500 and DuraForm ProX material yields 80 percent material reusability, the most economical material utilization available to date. Three DuraForm ProX materials used with the ProX SLS 500 include:

The ProX SLS 500 offers maximum build envelope capacity (X-Y-Z) of 15" (381 mm) x 13" (330 mm) x 18" (460 mm) and is equipped with 3D Systems' latest print driver, automated part nesting on the fly and an optional, automated material handling module that streamlines production and recycling of materials for an optimal product every time.

"Users can manufacture strong end use parts and functional prototypes faster with the ProX SLS 500. Manufactured parts from the ProX SLS 500 show outstanding resolution, surface finish and edge definition," said Benjamin Fisk, General Manager, Methods 3D. Inc.

"The ProX SLS 500 lowers your cost of ownership with remarkably high throughput, material efficiency and process consistency." Methods 3D has the ProX SLS 500 installed, and applications engineers are ready to work with customers to implement this technology.

In 2015, Methods Machine Tools announced their partner agreement with 3D Systems, a provider of the most advanced and comprehensive 3D digital design and fabrication solutions available today, including 3D printers, print materials and cloud-sourced custom parts. Through this partnership, Methods 3D, Inc. was created.

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