Setting new Standards in SLS – Swiss startup, Sintratec offers affordable, efficient and flexibility technology

Setting new Standards in SLS - Swiss startup, Sintratec offers affordable, efficient and flexibility technology

Aditya Chandavarkar
Aditya Chandavarkar is a established entrepreneur with business interests in manufacturing, innovative technology, training and consulting. Among other activities he the Co-Founder of Indian 3D Printing Network and is a subject matter expert on 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing with good grasp of Additive Manufacturing trends in the Region including India, APAC, Middleeast and Africa.
Vaishali Heblekar

An experienced content writer with a strong background in communications and branding. Vaishali also brings with her work experience in Corporate Communications in the manufacturing industry. Skilled in corporate and creative content writing, proof-reading and editing. Also adept at translation from Hindi and/or Marathi to English. Strong communication professional with a masters from Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai.

Sintratec is a Swiss startup established in 2014, manufacturing cost-effective and compact desktop SLS 3D Printers for professional use which process high-quality polymer materials

In a Nutshell

Established in 2014, Sintratec is a Swiss developer and manufacturer of precise 3D printers for professional use. The cost-effective and compact systems employ the Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) technology in order to process high-quality polymer materials. By means of the Sintratec Technology, users can create complex objects with an exceptionally high freedom of design. Whether stiff or flexible, Sintratec materials are highly resilient and temperature-resistant. Sintratec systems are in operation worldwide in various industries, research institutes and universities.

With the recent launch of the Sintratec S2, the company set new standards in affordability, efficiency, and flexibility for SLS printing. The modular solution takes care of all steps involved to go from digital file to high quality part, both for functional prototyping and small series production.

Brains behind thisSetting new Standards in SLS - Swiss startup, Sintratec offers affordable, efficient and flexibility technology

Sintratec was founded by graduates of Swiss universities ETH and FHNW. The start-up company created the first Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) desktop 3D printer in the world – the highly praised and awarded Sintratec Kit. Companies around the world are creating outstanding products with the help of Sintratec’s 3D printers.

The Before and The After

Historically, Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) was prohibitively expensive. Not only was the cost aspect a problem, but also customers couldn’t easily switch between different materials, making it necessary to buy new systems for each new material to support. Add to that, customers were asked to deal with messy powder handling processes by themselves. Thus, bringing products to market was very difficult. SLS systems allowed companies to accelerate product development and print actual functional prototypes and end products with excellent properties and high throughput, as compared to other Additive Manufacturing technologies.

Technology:

Sintratec offers multiple unique solutions to make SLS much more affordable, efficient, and flexible. Sintratec’s next-generation system, the Sintratec S2, costs only a fraction of conventional SLS systems.  This effectively removes the cost prohibitive entry barrier. The all-in-one S2 solution takes care of all powder processes as well, such as setting-up new print jobs, unpacking of printed parts and recycling used powder for the next print job. This makes messy powder processes a thing of the past. Thanks to its patented modular design, customers can carry out a material change within minutes. Apart from substantially reducing down-time between print jobs, this effectively allows customers to run different materials on the same production line. No longer needing to add new systems to print other materials saves costs monumentally. The modularity in the design allows for a granular approach in scaling-up as well. Customers can start prototyping with a small budget and add additional Sintratec modules as they increase production output on their way to manufacturing. Compared to competing solutions, the Sintratec printers are supported by advanced in-house software. The industry leading Sintratec nesting solution allows users to automatically prepare large print jobs in seconds and Sintratec’s offering for material developers allows the development of tomorrow’s applications.

 

AM Ventures Asks

Along with technological innovations, it is important for start-ups to understand how their innovation is addressing the world’s biggest Environmental, Social and Governance Challenges. AM Ventures, our co-collaborator for this AM start-up series, poses a question to Sintratec on their contribution to the world’s biggest ESG challenges.

AM Ventures Asks

Additive Manufacturing in general holds many keys to address environmental challenges. Additive Manufacturing allows you to make just what you need, where you need it and when you need it. But studies have shown the impressive positive impact specifically of powder-based additive manufacturing. The renowned Fraunhofer Institute conducted a full lifecycle analysis for eyewear series production with SLS.18 categories including climate change, toxicity, ozone depletion, water used and so on. The institute found a 3 times reduction in CO2 emissions and 80% waste reduction as compared to traditional manufacturing. This is further compounded with the fact that manufacturers relying on Sintratec solutions do not need to replicate production lines for each new material anymore.

Funding Facts

Sintratec was founded in 2014 and the following key milestones, mark their journey thus far.

2015 – Release Sintratec Kit

2017 – Release Sintratec S1

2018 – FabRx is the world’s first research group using 3D printing to produce medicine with the Sintratec Kit

2018 – Sintratec announces its first reselling partner in the USA

2018 – The Sintratec S1 has been awarded the European Medal 2018

2019 – Sintratec presents its brand-new SLS solution: the Sintratec S2

2019 – Sintratec supports Daimler Buses in 3D production

2021 – Sintratec Nesting Solution – a milestone in additive manufacturing

2022 – 25+ Partners all around the world, installed in more than 50+ countries

2022 – Launch of the Material Developer Upgrade

They seek:

Sintratec is looking for investors or companies interested in investment or strategic partnerships.

Contact Details

info@sintratec.com

A Quick Recap

  • Established in 2014, Sintratec is the leading Swiss developer and manufacturer of precise 3D printers for professional use.
  • The cost-effective and compact systems employ the selective laser sintering (SLS) technology in order to process high-quality polymer materials.
  • By means of the Sintratec Technology, users can create complex objects with an exceptionally high freedom of design. Whether stiff or flexible, Sintratec materials are highly resilient and temperature-resistant.
  • Sintratec systems are in operation worldwide in various industries, research institutes and universities.
  • With the recent launch of the Sintratec S2, the company set new standards in affordability, efficiency, and flexibility for SLS printing.
  • The modular solution takes care of all steps involved to go from digital file to high quality part, both for functional prototyping and small series production.
  • The company was founded by graduates of Swiss universities ETH and FHNW.
  • The start-up company created the first Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) desktop 3D printer in the world – the highly praised and awarded Sintratec Kit.
  • Companies around the world are creating outstanding products with the help of Sintratec’s 3D printers.
  • Historically, Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) was prohibitively expensive. Not only was the cost aspect a problem, but also customers couldn’t easily switch between different materials, making it necessary to buy new systems for each new material to support. Add to that, customers were asked to deal with messy powder handling processes by themselves. Thus, bringing products to market was very difficult.
  • SLS systems allowed companies to accelerate product development and print actual functional prototypes and end products with excellent properties and high throughput, as compared to other Additive Manufacturing technologies.
  • Sintratec offers multiple unique solutions to make SLS much more affordable, efficient, and flexible.
  • Sintratec’s next-generation system, the Sintratec S2, costs only a fraction of conventional SLS systems. This effectively removes the cost prohibitive entry barrier.
  • The all-in-one S2 solution takes care of all powder processes as well, such as setting-up new print jobs, unpacking of printed parts and recycling used powder for the next print job. This makes messy powder processes a thing of the past.
  • Thanks to its patented modular design, customers can carry out a material change within minutes. Apart from substantially reducing down-time between print jobs, this effectively allows customers to run different materials on the same production line.
  • No longer needing to add new systems to print other materials saves costs monumentally.
  • The modularity in the design allows for a granular approach in scaling-up as well.
  • Customers can start prototyping with a small budget and add additional Sintratec modules as they increase production output on their way to manufacturing.
  • Compared to competing solutions, the Sintratec printers are supported by advanced in-house software.
  • The industry leading Sintratec nesting solution allows users to automatically prepare large print jobs in seconds and Sintratec’s offering for material developers allows the development of tomorrow’s applications.
  • Additive Manufacturing in general holds many keys to address environmental challenges. Make just what you need, where you need it and when you need it.
  • Studies have shown the impressive positive impact specifically of powder-based additive manufacturing.
  • The renowned Fraunhofer Institute conducted a full lifecycle analysis for eyewear series production with SLS.18 categories including climate change, toxicity, ozone depletion, water used and so on.
  • The institute found a 3 times reduction in CO2 emissions and 80% waste reduction compared to traditional manufacturing.
  • This is further compounded with the fact that manufacturers relying on Sintratec solutions do not need to replicate production lines for each new material anymore.
  • Release of Sintratec Kit in 2015, followed by Sintratec S1 in 2017
  • In 2018, FabRx is the world’s first research group using 3D printing to produce medicine with the Sintratec Kit. Sintratec also announced its first reselling partner in the USA.
  • The same year, Sintratec S1 was awarded the European Medal 2018
  • Sintratec presented its brand-new SLS solution in 2019: the Sintratec S2. They also supported Daimler buses in 3D production
  • Sintratec Nesting Solution in 2021 was a milestone in additive manufacturing
  • In 2022, 25+ partners all around the world, as well as more than 50+ installations in more than 50+ countries.
  • The same year also saw the launch of the Material Developer Upgrade
  • Sintratec is looking for investors or companies interested in investment or strategic partnerships.

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Aditya Chandavarkar
Aditya Chandavarkar is a established entrepreneur with business interests in manufacturing, innovative technology, training and consulting. Among other activities he the Co-Founder of Indian 3D Printing Network and is a subject matter expert on 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing with good grasp of Additive Manufacturing trends in the Region including India, APAC, Middleeast and Africa.
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An experienced content writer with a strong background in communications and branding. Vaishali also brings with her work experience in Corporate Communications in the manufacturing industry. Skilled in corporate and creative content writing, proof-reading and editing. Also adept at translation from Hindi and/or Marathi to English. Strong communication professional with a masters from Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai.