Rapid tooling applications of the selective laser sintering process

Stefan Dimov, Duc Pham, Frank Lacan, Krassimir Dotchev

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The selective laser sintering (SLS) process is one of the leading rapid prototyping techniques. This paper presents two rapid tooling (RT) methods based on the SLS process. The first method employs the SLS process to build tooling inserts in copper polyamide that can be used for fabrication of a limited number of pre-production parts in the same material and manufacturing process as the final production parts. The second method, the RapidTool(TM) process, is a RT solution for manufacture of preproduction and production tools for injection moulding and die-casting. The paper also discusses the applications and limitations of these RT methods.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)296-302
Number of pages7
JournalAssembly Automation
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2001


  • lasers
  • rapid prototyping
  • rapid tooling

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