Sintratec Nesting Solution

A milestone in additive manufacturing

Save manual labor, valuable printing time and material by automatically arranging your 3D objects inside the Sintratec Build Modules with the help of our industry leading Nesting Solution.

Sintratec Nesting

Examplary Use Case

Nesting 100 Print Jobs per year means:


of work time saved


of powder saved


of printing time saved

78 Parts placed by hand

9 different sized 3D objects

Work time: ~30min

Avg. density: 10.6%

Printjob height: 363.2mm

System occupation: 22hrs 14min

Time to part: 33hrs 20min

Avg. cost per part: 5.75$

78 Parts nested freely

9 different sized 3D objects

Computing time: ~1:20min

Avg. density: 18.4%

Printjob height: 208.2mm

System occupation: 14hrs 12min

Time to part: 20hrs 33min

Avg. cost per part: 3.69$

114 Parts nested freely

9 different sized 3D objects

Computing time: 1:07min

Avg. density: 18%

Printjob height: 349.1mm

System occupation: 21hrs 28min

Time to part: 32hrs 08min

Avg. cost per part: 3.79$

Your benefits

  • High speed: Algorithm computes faster than market-leading software
  • Flexibility: Numerous configurations and parameters available
  • Made for SLS: Perfectly adapted to the Sintratec technology
  • From one source: Fully integrated into the Sintratec Central software
  • Best for productivity: Your AMP modules become even more efficient

Ideal packing density

With a single click, imported 3D models are analyzed by the algorithm and optimally placed inside the print volume of the Sintratec Build Module.
Users can choose between different configurations to achieve, for example, the highest packing density or the desired part orientation.

Unprecedented throughput

Since SLS does not require support structures, objects can be printed very densely. Our Nesting Solution reaches up to 50% higher packing densities compared to the tedious manual placement.
This results in much shorter printing times, less material used, and faster unpacking – in short, a much higher throughput.

Low cost per part

Our Nesting Solution is the next step to a more efficient additive manufacturing.
In combination with the productivity upgrade, the All-Material Platform becomes an even more attractive option for print service bureaus and companies that aim to produce industrial-grade 3D parts at ever lower unit costs and largely automated.

What users say

The opinion of industry experts that use the Sintratec Nesting Solution:
Stephan Henrich
“The nesting tool in the Sintratec Central is impressive. After setting the desired constraints e.g. to the part’s orientation, the only thing to do is to hit „enter“ and then wait (actually there isn’t so much waiting) for the algorithm to iteratively compress the parts – which can be hundreds – to shrink the build volume’s height and thereby reduce the powder, your costs and last but not least the impact on the environment.”

Stephan Henrich
Designer & Architect

“The nesting software is the key to unlocking short run production on the Sintratec S2 system. Its best-in-class nesting algorithm automatically generates packing densities that far surpass anything else in the industry. The combination of highly efficient printing with an affordable initial investment make the S2 a no-brainer for teams looking to grow with additive manufacturing.”

Alex Hussain
CEO 3D Chimera

Available Nesting Modes

The Sintratec Nesting Solution comes with multiple nesting configuration modes. Find a list of pro and cons of each mode below:
Details facing up are printed with sharper edges
Details facing down are somewhat more rounded or washed out
Layer Lines
Models are “cut” into cross sections and then printed layer by layer from bottom to top. This leads to slightly visible layer lines in the printing direction. Changing the orientation of the model in respect to the layer line direction also changes the look of the final product. Printing lines are more visible for surfaces with a shallow angle to the layer lines.
+ Highest packing density
– Not all parts are printed the same
– No control over visible layer lines on parts
– No control over upskin and downskin
+ Downskin (prints with less details) is minimized
+ All parts have identical layer lines
+ All parts have identical up and down skins
– Reduced packing density
+ Parts are printed with the shorter side aligned to the layer lines / All parts have identical layer lines
+ Increased packing density over “minimal downskin” because models are allowed to be flipped upside down
+ Long parts fit in the build volume
– Not all parts have identical up and down skins
– Reduced packing density over “free”
+ Parts are printed with the longer side aligned to the layer lines (increases part material performance in layer line direction)
+ All parts have identical layer lines
– Not all parts have identical up and down skins
– Long parts might not fit in the build volume
– Reduced packing density over “free”
+ Most surfaces are printed with a 45° angle to the layer lines. This balances material performance and optics
+ ll parts have identical layer lines
– Not all parts have identical up and down skins
– Reduced packing density over “free”
+ The orientation of each part before nesting is respected during nesting by keeping the parts upright
+ User has full control over up and down skin and layer line of each part
+ Not all parts have to be oriented the same
– Parts have to be rotated manually by the user before nesting
– Packing density depends on the orientation chosen by the user

Software Packages Overview

Below you can find our different software licensing options:
Sintratec Central 2 Productivity Upgrade

includes Sintratec Central 2

Material Developer Upgrade

includes Productivity Upgrade

Print preparation
Support for all Sintratec materials
Print job preview
Online updates
High Performance Nesting
6 powerful Nesting Modes
Fully configurable parameters
Single User License Free 1’490 € / year Contact Sales
Team License (3 Users) Free 2’980 € / year Contact Sales
Ultimate License (8 Users) Free 6’500 € / year Contact Sales

Our technology

  • Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) is an industrial 3D printing technology that uses a laser to fuse powder particles into highly accurate objects
  • SLS ideally suited for functional prototypes and for small to medium-sized end use parts
  • Sintratec currently offers three industrial-grade materials: PA12 Nylon (strong), TPE Elastomer (flexible), and PA12 GF (stiff)
  • The benefits: High freedom of form and precision, interlocking parts are printable, no support structures required
Feel free to contact us, if you have any questions.