Dr. Natalie Rudolph explains the basics of shrinkage and warpage of plastic parts and introduces the right analytical instrument to determine the shrinkage potential of different materials. She gives important tips for home users to avoid warpage and curling during the 3D printing process.
The plastics used in Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) have a higher thermal expansion when compared with other materials. Therefore, it is important to know how the dimensions of an SLS part change at different temperatures during the build and during use. The higher the thermal expansion coefficient, the more prone are the parts to warpage or curling and the build-up of residual stresses. Learn more!