Sustainability Study in Selective Laser Sintering – An Energy Perspective

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2009-09-15
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Sreenivasan, Rameshwar
Bourell, David L.
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University of Texas at Austin
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This paper presents a sustainability analysis of Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) from an energy standpoint. Data of electrical power consumed by the system over an entire build were acquired using a LabVIEW 8.6 circuit. The power drawn by individual subsystems were also measured, and an energy balance was performed. These data were then used to arrive at a Total Energy Indicator of the process with the help of a specific type of Environmental and Resource Management Data (ERMD) known as Eco-Indicators, which indicates the level of sustainability of the process.

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