GROWit's 3D Printing Facility Now Offers Powder Bed Fusion & Eco-Friendly Materials

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LAKE FOREST, CA: GROWit is proud to announce the addition of powder bed fusion to our 3D printing portfolio at our Lake Forest, CA facility. Shane Collins, Director of Additive Technology, states “After careful consideration, we developed our plastic laser sintering (PLS) process to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Whereas, other PLS service providers use feedstock powders that have a scrap rate of up to 50% due to solid state polymerization, our ecoGRO 415 GS produces high quality glass sphere filled components while utilizing 100% of the feedstock powder. That means the carbon footprint of the feedstock powder is greatly reduced and very little feedstock powder goes to the landfill.”

Another green and forward-thinking process – rilGRO 860 – is also in the powder bed fusion arsenal. For neat (unfilled) components, GROWit uses powder feedstock from the renewable source: castor beans. Components additively manufactured from the rilGRO 860 PLS process have mechanical properties that exceed those achieved with petroleum based polyamide 12.

“Our industry has boasted the ability to manufacture custom and one-off products using this technology in automotive, aerospace, and other industry-specific custom applications, but has done little to reduce neither the carbon footprint nor the price of raw materials until now. GROWit is taking a different approach by starting with more recyclable materials that truly allow us to have zero waste, which then lets us to pass the savings we incur along to our customers,” says David Gurrola, President.

Feedstock powders from renewable sources and fully recyclable materials make GROWit a unique powder bed fusion service provider. If you are concerned about the environment and global warming, consider procuring your PLS and SLS® parts from GROWit.