FIT examines welding process for SLS & molded parts

FIT Additive Manufacturing Group examines welding processes for SLS and injection molded parts.

The joint research project FAB-Weld now focuses on the welding of additively manufactured parts to create individualized series components. Funded by the Bavarian Research Foundation, the project pursues the goal of optimizing welding processes for plastic materials.

FIT Additive Manufacturing Group, represented by its subsidiary Sintermask, will contribute to the project by sharing its long-term expertise in Selective Laser Sintering (SLS). SLS is an ideal technology to manufacture complex components from thermoplastic material.

The project FAB-Weld now is looking for practical solutions to compensate for the size limitation by specially optimized welding processes. FIT will manufacture SLS sample parts and will determine mechanical key figures by analyzing the mechanical properties and behavior of the welded parts with the help of testing and measuring technologies available in-house such as GOM scanning and CT scanning.