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Stereolithography (SLA) is an additive manufacturing process that belongs to the Vat Photopolymerization family. In SLA, an object is created by selectively curing a polymer resin layer-by-layer using an ultraviolet (UV) laser beam. The materials used in SLA are photosensitive thermoset polymers that come in a liquid form.
SLA has many common characteristics with Direct Light Processing (DLP), another Vat Photopolymerization 3D printing technology. For simplicity, the two technologies can be treated as equals.
A laser beam is directed in the X-Y axes across the surface of the resin according to the 3D data supplied to the machine (the .stl file), whereby the resin hardens precisely where the laser hits the surface. Once the layer is completed, the platform within the vat drops down by a fraction (in the Z axis) and the subsequent layer is traced out by the laser. The resin that is not touched by the laser remains in the vat and can be reused. This continues until the entire object is completed and the platform can be raised out of the vat for removal.
Support structure is always required in SLA. Support structures are printed in the same material as the part and must be manually removed after printing. The orientation of the part determines the location and amount of support. It is recommended that the part is oriented so that so visually critical surfaces do not come in contact with the support structures
|color||property||Tensile Strength(MPa)||Melting Temperature°C|
|62.63||65.02||4.28||190 – 220|
|COLOR||PROPERTY||Tensile Strength (MPA)||Burnout Temperature|
Minimum Wall thickness: 1.2 mm
Minimum details size: 2 mm (for text/ hole diameters etc)
Layer thickness: 0.1 mm – 0.3 mm
Max dimensions: 650 x 600 x 600 mm. Large parts can be created with assembling individual parts by interlocking designs or glueing together.
Standard Accuracy: ± 0.3% (with lower limit on ± 0.3 mm).
Lead Time: Minimum 2 working days for despatch
Surface finish: visible layers with texture.
Basic: Support Removal, Curing, Sanding, Smoothing
Add on: Primer, Coating/ Painting
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Yes, SLA parts can be milled, drilled, tapped or lathed
SLA is slower than FDM because the SLA printer’s laser has a smaller surface area and takes more time to complete each layer. In FDM, the printer can print thicker layers, which results in a reduction of time.
SLA uses laser to cure liquid resin where as DLP uses UV light to cure resin.
30 to 140 microns
In SLA multicolor is not possible. We can print multicolor parts in PJP technology in Think3D.
Since SLA parts are UV cured photopolymers, they don’t stop reacting to light once fully cured. Over time UV exposure will actually cause the parts to start to break down. This break down can weaken mechanical properties and cause parts to yellow. SLA parts are generally not suitable for environments with extreme daily sun exposure over a period of months or years. A good UV clear coat or paint can limit or prevent this breakdown entirely.
No. If we perfectly do sanding on support surfaces there will be no marks or bumps.
Yes, we can stick SLA parts. But not applicable for flexible resins.
Yes, Photocurable resins used in SLA are costly than FDM filaments & SLS powder. But with that extra amount we get superior surface finish in SLA.
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Hi, I have a small and details sample. which is 20mm x 20mm x 20mm and the minimum wall thickness in my model is is 0.4mm. Is it suitable to use SLA? or SLS? I also want to ask, in terms of strength which one is better either SLA or SLS? Since I’m looking for materials and fabrication technique that can produce my model perfectly with high strength.
Hi, please send the design to email@example.com. Our team shall go through that and get back to you with the feasibility.