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3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping – What File Types Should I Use?

RapidMade 3D Printing and Manufacturing

CAD files have a myriad of formats and corresponding file extensions (example: filename.extension.) With all those formats out there, what is best for you to use? CAD files for 3D printing generally fall into two categories: parametric files (equation driven files that are fully defined – i.e. a circle is actually a circle) and mesh […]

What’s the Difference Between Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and Selective Laser Melting (SLM)

SLS vs SLM

Samples of metal printed parts What’s the difference between Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and Selective Laser Melting (SLM)?  Here’s one of the better descriptions I’ve found that explains it: “Selective Laser Sintering and Direct Metal Laser Sintering are essentially the same thing, with SLS used to refer to the process as applied to a variety of materials—plastics, […]