Stereolithography

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Fractal Tree

Type: Basic

Material: Somos XC11122

Finish: Strip & Ship

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Housing

Type: Basic

Material: Somos Next

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Spinner

Type: Basic

Material: Somos Next

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School Balance

Type: Custom

Material: Somos Next

Finish: Engineering Paint

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Equipment Model

Type: Custom

Material: Somos Next

Finish: Presentation Paint

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Toy Grill

Type: Custom

Material: Somos Next

Finish: Engineering Paint

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Watering Can

Type: Custom

Material: Somos Next

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Toy Bucket

Type: Custom

Material: Somos Next

Finish: Engineering Paint

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SLA– What is it?

Features

Stereolithography is the oldest 3D printing technology. More than 70% of the time our clients select SLA for their technology of choice, as it can be used to create very accurate prototypes.

If you’re unsure whether SLA 3D printing or Multi Jet Fusion printing is the right choice for your project, speak to one of our engineers, and they will be happy to assist you.

Benefits for Prototypes

If you need a prototype turned around quickly, SLA might be the best solution. It is able to produce parts with the highest accuracy in 3D printing.

Here are some of the additional benefits of Stereolithography printing for prototypes:

  • Large Parts
  • High resolution with extreme accuracy
  • Best for form and fit
  • Only technology for clear parts
  • Quick delivery: just 1-3 days
  • Prove out Design Quickly & Reliablity
  • Numerous optional secondary operations and finishes
Why SICAM

Since 1990, our process engineers have been perfecting our understanding of 3D printing and have developed proprietary calibration methods to achieve the most accurate results. We will assist you throughout the entire process, from concept to production to delivery.

  • 29+ Years Experience
  • Free Technical Support Consultation
  • Custom Finishing Methods
  • Advanced Vapor Honed Finish
  • Quality System & Custom Calibration Methods
  • Advanced Systems & Post Process Automation
  • Production Control ERP System

Technology - Quick View


Accuracy/Tolerance
  Low
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High  
 

Resolution
  Low
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High  
 

Material:Production-Like
  Low
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High  
 

Cost per part
  Low
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High  
 

Delivery-Small Qty(Prototypes)
  Slow
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Fast  
 

Delivery-Large Qty(Production)
  Slow
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Fast  
 

Build Volume

23.6 x 23.6 x 19.7

Applications

Stereolithography 3D printing technology is suitable for an array of applications, including:

  •   Presentation models.
  •  Engineering test models
  •  Metal casting patterns.
  •  Architectural models.
  •  Urethane casting patterns.
  •  Assembly fixtures.

Types of SLA Parts

Basic
Basic parts do not include secondary operations except a vapor hone finish. This type of part can be used for fit and function and has the quickest delivery.
Custom
Custom parts include secondary operations. These can include painting, plating, decorating, texturing, and adding threaded inserts. Call to discuss custom options with an application engineer.

SLA Materials

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Somos® EvoLVe 128
Tough, High Strength Accurate Rapid Prototyping Material
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Somos® WaterShed XC11122
Rigid, Tough, Accurate Water Clear Rapid Prototyping Material

The Stereolithography Process (SLA)

5 Steps in the Basic Printing Process:

  1. You create a 3-D model of your object in a CAD program.
  2. A piece of software slices your CAD model up into thin layers -- typically .004 to .006 inches.
  3. The 3-D printer directs a focused UV (ultra violet) laser beam into a vat of liquid resin solidifying a thin two-dimensional cross-section layer.
  4. The platform drops down into the tank and a recoater blade sweeps across the solidified layer preparing for the next layer.
  5. This process repeats, layer by layer, until your model is complete.

SLA Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Layer thickness can be done?
  • What is the turnaround time for a SLA?
  • Can stereolithography (SLA) models be machined?
  • What Tolerances can be expected?
  • Can SLA be painted?
  • What kind of texture does SLA have?
  • Can it be flexible?
  • Is it as strong as ABS?
  • Can you print in different colors.
  • Is it clear?
  • What does SLA stand for?

Stereolithography Projects and Resources