“Underlying material innovation of the laser sintering process”, Presented by Ferdi Verboom, 3DPPM

One of the most pressing limitations for the selective laser sintering (SLS®) process is the shortage of available materials. In this process a laser is used to selectively fuse a powder layer together to create a layer of the product. The pallet of materials available consists of only few materials, of which one material makes up over 95% of the market volume. In his research, Ferdi Verboom analyzed the highly successful material poly(amide-12) to uncover the characteristics of a material suitable for the SLS® process. Next to the properties of the sintering powder, he will also discuss the mechanical performance of laser sintered parts compared to conventionally processed parts.

About ir. Ferdi Verboom

After finishing his MSc. at Eindhoven University of Technology, Ferdi Verboom continued working on powders for SLS. In 2014, he co-founded 3DPPM, and started to work on a method to recycle the significant waste streams coming from laser sintering operations.

About 3DPPM B.V.

We help 3D-printing service providers with SLS machines to use their surplus PA-12 powder (waste) while simultaneously reduce material costs. This is an interesting alternative considering the current value chain lock-in. Waste material can be upcycled to a constant printable quality. Thereto, we developed a method to monitor the quality of the material and determine beforehand whether a batch would be printable. The team, consisting of four members, is looking for more partners to help them improve the technology and scale up the current operation.