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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

Finish: Vapor Honed

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Spinner

Type: Basic

Material: Somos Next

Finish: Vapor Honed

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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

Finish: Quick Paint

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Toy Bucket

Type: Custom

Material: Somos Next

Finish: Engineering Paint

Selecting SLA

Stereolithography is the oldest 3D printing technology. More than 70% of the time our clients select SLA for their technology of choice.

Benefits:
  • Large Parts
  • High resolution with extreme accuracy
  • Outstanding surface finish.
  • Quick delivery 1-3 days.
  • Excellent for testing fit and function.
  • Numerous optional secondary operations and finishes.
Applications:
  • Presentation models.
  • Engineering test models
  • Metal casting patterns
  • Architectural models
  • Urethane casting patterns
  • Assembly fixtures

Types of SLA Parts

Basic
Parts that are per the process with no 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 threaded inserts. Call to discuss with an application engineer.

Stereolithography Projects and Resources

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?