The SKM Rapid techniques
Which technique do you choose?
With all techniques, machines and materials under one roof, we can realise any idea, make series and finish it off perfectly. But which technique do you need for this? That depends on your question and where you are in the development of your idea.
Do you need a prototype? SLA is a precise printing technique with a smooth end result. Will your product be loaded or do you want to test it mechanically? Then choose SLS. By printing in a PA12 material, you get a strong, load-bearing model. We produce small series in specific materials or colours by vacuum or injection moulding. Dummy models are often made with SLA and then finished and lacquered to a neat end product. For this, too, SKM is the right place for you. Would you like to know more? Then click on one of the techniques below.
Within SKM we work with 2 different 3D printing techniques: selective laser sintering (SLS) and stereolithography (SLA). Both techniques are widely used in industry, retail, automotive, aerospace and also in the medical world.
Stereolithography makes it possible to make very accurate, high-end show models. We also use this technique to print the mother models for the silicone moulds. Models are built with SLA layer-wise in layer thicknesses of 0.1 mm from a liquid. The result is a perfect show model which shows you exactly what the part will look like. This allows you to further develop your idea in a targeted way.
SKM offers two materials, namely a grey material called Xtreme and a transparent material called Watershed. Both have specific properties that can offer a solution to your problem.
Are you looking for a model to test mechanically? Then SLS or Selective Laser Sintering is the right technique. With this technique as well, the models are printed layer-wise with a thickness of 0.1 mm. In contrast to SLA, we use this technique with a PA12 powder. The big advantage of SLS models is that they are mechanically a lot stronger than SLA models. You have a real plastic product in your hands with which you can immediately get to work in production, at a trade fair or for a customer.
In good hands
It goes without saying that your idea is in good hands with us. We understand the importance of confidentiality and reliability.