A Swiss company called Sintratec is planning to release the world’s first sintering 3D printer for the desktop. Sintering, which is the process of building a 3D object by shooting lasers at a layer of nylon powder, is one of the best ways to make high resolution objects that are completely solid.
The company is planning to launch the product on Indiegogo soon and will charge $4,000 for the machine. It’s a surprisingly handsome machine and looks like it will produce some nice prints.
The machine has a build volume of 130x130x130mm and can print pieces with movable parts embedded inside (you could, for example, print a clock with gears printed right inside the case.) The process is a little slower than standard printing technologies and, as you can see, the finish products are a little rough but designers will love the fact that these objects are completely usable right out of the printer and don’t require curing unlike the Form Labs Form 1+.