Low Volume Manufacturing

Prototyping | Batch Production

From Prototype to Production

< 1000 Nos.

Chizel ensures that you move smoothly from prototyping to production phase. Low volume production can be achieved by different manufacturing methods. It is imperative to explore each option and decide right process based on the part size, complexity, cost, and turnaround time.

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SLS Batch Production

3D PRINTING

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) is a 3D Printing process but can be used for low volume production of < 100-500 NOS. We use EOS P110 & P396 machines to achieve consistent output. A typical SLS machine gives an accuracy of (+/-) 200 µm. SLS is more cost-effective for smaller parts. It is also preferred for complex part geometries irrespective of the part size.

Material Options

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Nylon

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) :

Characteristics:
Strong & Flexible Plastic | Fully Functional Parts View detailsData Sheet
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Glass-Filled Nylon

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) :

Characteristics:
Glass-Reinforced | High Stiffness | Performance Parts View detailsData Sheet

SLS batch Production is best for Small / complex parts

Why to use SLS Production Runs?

Fastest Turnaround Time

SLS parts have a quick turnaround time and are usually fabricated within 3-4 business days

Scalable and accurate

Since SLS is a laser sintering process, the parts have a consistent dimensional accuracy of +/- 0.2 mm

Most Flexible

Since SLS is a powder based technology, it is possible to fabricate multiple parts in one single build. This leads to quick turn-around times and faster time to market.

Layers

Since SLS is a 3D printing technology where material is deposited layer by layer, SLS parts will have slight layer marks visible on the curved surfaces. These layer marks can be mitigated by post-processing.

Large Prints Not Possible

SLS machine has a maximum bounding box of 340x340x600mm. Thus, parts having dimensions greater than these would either have to be fabricated in some other technology or they have to be fabricated in multiple pieces which later will be joined together.

Surface Texture

SLS parts have an inherent grainy surface finish. The surface finish can be improved by post-processing the parts.

Comparative Study

Chizel has conducted a comprehensive study on numerous parts manufactured over several years to come up with a detailed table that talks about when to use SLS Productions runs and when to opt for Batch production with Vacuum Casting.

Customers Running lean with Batch production

New manufacturing practices help you commit low on upfront cost and inventory.
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Project Mudra

Medical Device | IOT
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Inito

Medical Device | IOT
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Wabco

Automotive

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