LSS Laser-Sinter-Service GmbH introduces its RAPTOR series at Formnext (Hall 3.1 Booth E31) and further establishes itself as an emerging leader in the field of laser based powder bed fusion of polymers by taking Additive Manufacturing (AM) to the next industrial level.
The new RAPTOR 84X-Q, designed in an unmatched modularity, provides game-changing performance and significant reduction of costs per part, especially for high performance polymers. Featuring a build envelope of 800x400x480mm³, the RAPTOR 84X-Q is the world’s first polymer laser sintering platform equipped with a quad laser/scanner system, which allows production rates never been seen before. A dual laser/scanner model will be available as RAPTOR 84X-D model.
The RAPTOR 22X-S is the high temperature entry-level alternative with its build envelope of 250x250x300mm3.
Both RAPTOR models, the 22X-S and the 84X, are designed for the future of AM and will be available in a “TM” version, featuring the Airbus patented ThermoMelt™ process for high-performance industrial parts, and seem likely to become the market reference.
“The combination of modularity, highest productivity and the new ThermoMeltTM process enables LSS to take the next big step in becoming a leading solution provider for Industrial Additive Manufacturing and highly demanding applications. The intrinsic features of our machines make high-performing, serial, and durable 3D printing a reality for our customers,” states Guido Elbrecht, CEO of LSS.
With an exceptional strength in Z direction, the RAPTOR TM-series delivers high-density parts at a cost structure unreached before. In the past, the use of high performance polymers required high process temperatures, which generated significant thermal aging of the polymer and made it almost impossible to re-use high-cost materials like polyetherketoneketone (PEKK), polyphthalamide (PPA) and polyphenylene sulfide (PPS). Operating at lower temperatures, ThermoMelt™ on the RAPTOR TM-series avoids the thermal aging and makes the recyclability of these polymers of up to 95% possible.
Hermann Hanning, CTO at LSS, added: “While designing the RAPTOR 84X-Q, we had typical LSS values in mind – be open, flexible, innovative and reliable. Thanks to its strict modular design, we can upgrade or modify the machine to match all process or application relevant requirements. This makes the RAPTOR series fit for the future and allows optimal integration and adaption according to the individual needs of each and every customer.”
As a laser sintering machine designer and producer, LSS targets added-value solutions for end-users. Open innovation is not an option anymore but a requirement. We collaborate with key industry leaders to seek new performing materials fitting our open systems to better serve un-matched demands in industries such as Automotive & Automation, Aerospace, Oil & Gas, Healthcare, Consumer Goods and Electronics.
™ ThermoMelt is a trademark of Airbus S.A.S.