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We visited the new Sinterit facility in Cracow, Poland

3dpbm was the first media to visit the large new facility and see the new Lisa X assembly lines

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It has been nearly 2 and half years since we last visited the Sinterit facility in Krakow and everything has changed. Not just for the dramatic effects of COVID and the war just beyond the border with Ukraine, but also and especially for how the Polish company has been able to navigate these events and come out on top on the other side, with two brand new printers, the Lisa X and NILS, ready to open up new SLS markets.

From the business side of things, the past two years have also seen the launch of the first very dangerous competitor in the affordable SLS market: the Fuse 1 from affordable SLA market leader Formlabs. However, the well-financed US giant has had a harder time than expected in developing and launching its SLS system, a technology that presents many more challenges than photopolymerization as well as more opportunities. Sinterit decided it was going to put up a very serious fight.

In just over two years Sinterit moved to this larger new facility, developed two new and significantly more advanced SLS 3D printers (Lisa X and NILS), and put together a team ready to expand globally, including in the key US market. We were the first media to visit the new facility and what follows is a preview of our upcoming full reportage.

This is the entrance to the new offices. Simple and stylish.

The move to the new Sinterit facility, located just outside Krakow, was finalized at the beginning of the COVID epidemic. It wasn’t an easy period, especially as demand for machines began to decrease. But the company decided to use this time as an opportunity to grow, focus on R&D of the new machines, study the most effective assembly line and train all its (now over 100) employees. The results of those efforts are tangible and Sinterit is now ready to open a new phase of growth.

3dpbm was the first media to visit the large new Sinterit facility in Krakow and see the new Lisa X assembly lines
This is the giant and very well-organized assembly facility for Lisa, Lisa Pro, Lisa X and (soon) NILS. We will show you every station, every step of the assembly process, organized to the tiniest detail. You’ve never seen a 3D printer factory this close.

The size of the assembly facility is now the same as that of companies that have been on the market for longer and just as well organized. During our visit we were able to see every detail, from the receiving and shipping areas to every station, Kanban boards, daily meeting spaces, machine calibration, testing, R&D and laser calibration rooms. If you think that Sinterit started from just an idea not even a decade ago, this is truly impressive and it has been great to follow their every progress.

3dpbm was the first media to visit the large new Sinterit facility in Krakow and see the new Lisa X assembly lines
This is part of the assembly facility, where the new 3D printers are calibrated before shipping out.

After seeing how the machines are made we got to play with a brand new Lisa X. First we took a look at Sinterit’s internally developed slicing software and its over 50 parameters (which you can choose to just ignore and print with a single button using Sinterit’s own materials). Printing into a powder bed means you don’t have to think about supports, which means you don’t have to worry about part orientation to minimize supports and ensure adhesion. There still are some aspects you will have to consider in terms of part orientation, mainly so that the laser can do its job more easily. We’ll tell you all about those.

3dpbm was the first media to visit the large new Sinterit facility in Krakow and see the new Lisa X assembly lines
This is us workinng on the model to 3D print using Sinterit’s software. It’s just a matter of finding the best orientation to print the fastest and the most parts at once. No supports, no multiple parts assemblies, and a large build volume on the Lisa X.

And here it is. “Our” Lisa X and its highly automated PHS (Powder Handling Station). The whole Lisa X printing experience was very easy (even smoother than our test with the Lisa Pro in 2019) and a lot of fun. We will tell you about every step of the printing process and workflow, for the Lisa X. We also got the take a much closer look at NILS, Sinterit’s first industrial system, which promises a very high level of automation (for process and material handling) at an unprecedented price point.

3dpbm was the first media to visit the large new Sinterit facility in Krakow and see the new Lisa X assembly lines
And this is the Lisa X. We got to set it up, load it up with material and print our printed parts in a record time, to then move them to the PHS post-processing station to depowder and clean them up. We will tell you every detail of this great and super smooth experience.

After running a print on the Lisa X, during the continuation of our visit to the new Sinterit facility, we also got to speak with the company’s CEO and CMO about their ambitious strategy to continue to grow in Europe and expand the US branch. Sinterit is convinced that no one can compete, today, with the quality and price combination of its value proposition. Based on our knowledge of the state of the SLS market, we are inclined to agree. We’ll give you all the information you’ll need to make your own assessment.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites and, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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