Stories about the Sintratec Community

Our customer Radiate GmbH says that investments as a startup company are often associated with a high level of risk because of limited financial resources. Thanks to the professional advice regarding the implementation of the Sintratec Kit in planned projects and the very good support on the part of our support team, this risk for the start-up company Radiate GmbH has been greatly minimized. Read the full story

Simon Grob Head of Simulation Technology

In the health sector, it is important to adapt products to customers’ individual needs. This is why we create components which can’t simply be bought as “ready made” solutions, but which are designed to suit the demands of the user. Using the Sintratec S1, we can promptly turn new ideas into a reality and immediately put them to the test. Read the full story

Cyrill Aemisegger Head of Technology at EEM AG, Switzerland

At Geberit we do not only use a wide range of 3D printers but have been doing so for many years. Our main application is the production of functional prototypes. Since most of our products come in contact with water, it is important that they are watertight but also can sustain strong water pressure. When I first heard of Sintratec I was slightly skeptical but after the young startup sent us a test part similar to the one pictured below, we were able to do some laboratory tests. And the results were surprisingly satisfactory. For this test we mounted the part on the end of a pipe and let some water flow in. We then slowly increased the water pressure until the printed part burst and compared it to parts printed with other machines.  It surprised us that the part made by Sintratec sustained 30 bars of water pressure but what excited us even more was that the startup asked for a second test after they had implemented a new soft- and firmware on the S1. The improvements were significant. This time Sintratec’s part burst at a water pressure of 40 bar which is only 5 bars below the tested part of our EOS system. After a short visit at what seems to be a professional young company, we at Geberit were convinced. This is why we purchased our Sintratec S1. Ever since we have been researching with the machine and in the meantime the Sintratec parts even sustained 48 bar.

Hugo Arnold Leader Prototyping Laboratory at Geberit, Switzerland

In building and developing our first printer we found that some complex components are exposed to high stress levels. The components printed with our Sintratec S1 are robust and highly temperature resistant, enabling us to sinter and test various options very quickly. Because complexity does not lead to any extra costs when employing the selective laser sintering process, we were able to design components optimally in terms of space, material and weight.
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Flurin Camenzind Managing Director at 3DDD GmbH

Every client receives a kitchen knife with a handle that is ergonomically fitting his handgrip. Thanks to an internally developed and patented technology we are able to produce kitchen knifes which are pleasant to use and impress by their elegant appearance from your 3D scanned hand. This tailor-made kitchenware offers advantages to every user no matter whether it is used on every occasion or from time to time. Professional caterers or hobby chefs equally appreciate it and enjoy the knife’s excellent power transmission to the blade each time they use it. Additionally, the knife handle can be individualized by adding the initial letters of the owner. The first knifes were delivered to our customers, including a star gourmet chef. The feedback is terrific so far and I am happy to announce that we will make these knifes available to everyone soon. Currently I am in the process of founding a startup and of improving the knife continuously with our partners. It is my goal to change the world of kitchen knifes.

Adrian Goegl neiff.ch

It is hard to turn your visions and ideas into reality. The way to our first commercialized laser sintering system, the Sintratec Kit, was very long. We had to solve many problems and surmount various challenges. One of them was the production of the custom holder of the main focus lens.

For small scale productions and prototypes it's difficult to find an economic solution, for new companies especially so. Our machines present a solution: fast and cheap manufacturing of prototypes, unique specimens and even end-product batches. The obvious solution: Build Sintratec Kits with Sintratec Kits - a single print job already produces 45 lens holders hassle free. We mass print our lens holders in-house!

All around the world Sintratec Kits and their built-in lens holders are clearing the way for their owners to realize their visions.

Joscha Zeltner Head of Manufacturing at Sintratec AG

The charitable foundation Domino is committed to improve the life quality and the social integration of people with disabilities. That also includes that we offer services to integrate certain production steps for manufacturing companies but in contrast to profit-oriented firms we try to involve as many of our employees as possible in order to fulfil these tasks. Since the summer of 2015 we are responsible for the commissioning and the packaging of the Sintratec Kit. All procedures ranging from counting small parts and cutting the isolation to the installation of small devices and the packaging of the whole 3D printer are executed by people with disabilities. Due to the large number and different kind of activities we can employ a significant number of our employees from a wide range of our divisions for this job. We at Domino are happy that we can contribute to the production of a complex product and that startup from the high-tech industries decided to cooperate with us. We can say: every Sintratec Kit on the world was commissioned and packed by people with disabilities. And that is something that makes us very proud!

Doris Auerswald Stiftung Domino

In the past, producing ingenious grippers involved a great deal of effort. But now, the laser sintering process perfected by Sintratec has suddenly opened the door to completely new solutions and previously undreamed-of possibilities. SLS technology allows the creation of complex objects with an almost unlimited variety of shapes – objects that can also withstand mechanical stress and which are stable over the long term. Read the full story

Claude Werder Owner and Chairman of the Board

3D printed medicines with almost any drug compound in a range of shapes, sizes, colours and textures can be produced to make them more attractive to various patient groups, particularly the young or the elderly, facilitating compliance of the treatment. We are the first research group in the world investigating SLS technology to print oral formulations. We recently published our works in the “International journal of Pharmaceutics” and following the surprising results we bought another Sintratec Kit! Read the full story

Fabrizio Fina PhD student at FabRx, UK

As industrial designers, we at VIEWSDESIGN need high-quality models to test our visions for their feasibility. The manufacturing of these models by conventional, mechanical methods is expensive and above all, time-consuming. Nowadays, for us to take this extra time is no longer an option due to ever faster innovation cycles. Read the full story

Lutz Gebhardt Managing Director at VIEWSDESIGN GmbH

We have known for some time that the holy grail of current 3D printing was selective laser sintering of plastic powders but until recently those machines were way out of reach in price to hobbyists and individuals. With the Sintratec Kit our needs could finally be met at an affordable price. It enables us to push our designs still further and even past what the experts say is possible. We are already producing usable parts of just 0.5 mm wall thickness with the Sintratec Kit. We would like to go thinner but until now the slicing software does not recognise walls of less than 0.5 mm. Together with Sintratec we are exploring the possibility of thinner walls now. Read the full story 

Mike Francies British Model Flying Association

We here at Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in Switzerland are not only working on large-scale projects but enabling small and medium sized business to do world class scientific research. In the Swiss additive manufacturing start-up Sintratec we have found a business partner to demonstrate the drastic improvements that can be made with access to the PSI’s cutting-edge equipment and brilliant researchers.
Our X-ray tomography beamline (TOMCAT) at the synchrotron facility of the Paul Scherrer Institute  is built for fast, nondestructive 3D scans, down to sub-micron resolution. With this technology the Sintratec team was excited to explore the internal structure of their 3D printed parts depending on which printing parameters were used. The combination of PSI’s high tech equipment and an agile and motivated team of entrepreneurs and researchers allowed for a drastic improvement in Sintratec’s part quality in a very short time – finally even surpassing the compared samples of a competing industry leader. 

Haberthür, David Dr. Industrial Liaison at TOMCAT, PSI Switzerland

That's Jim. The first bizarre character that we made for one of our games. In our indiegames place we're creating new exciting characters and objects every day. It's a long way from the first scratch to the finished 3D-character or object, which needs a lot of attention to detail but also the courage to jettison again a large part.

The possibility to take a look on our 3D printed figures from all sides and also haptic is a big advantage. It shows in a perfect way, if the character is believable and the objects work in the game world. The printed game characters can also be used as merchandising products so the games can be experienced on different levels. On fairs and expositions are the models great eye catchers and are the crowd-pullers.

We're looking forward to amuse our players in the future with even funnier and more convincing characters and game worlds.

Yasemin Günay Mistress of Visual Kung-Fu ...and Sound Stuff at Kobold Games