OVERVIEW

    Faster to Market with Stereolithography

    What Is Stereolithography?

    Stereolithography (SL, SLA) is the original 3D printing process still widely used today for its accuracy and speed.

    Fast build and delivery reduces the design, engineering and test phases of product development and allows you to get to market faster.

    Stereolithography Capabilities

    Stereolithography is often used for prototypes, master patterns or large concept models, form and fit prototypes and investment casting patterns.

    SL offers virtually limitless part size; we can seamlessly bond individual sections into industrial sized patterns.

    ID-Light with Stereolithography

    Build extremely light, large-scale parts in record time with our exclusive hollow build method, ID-Light.

    Ideal for nonstructural appearance models, ID-Light builds faster, weighs less and costs less than solid SL models.

    Parts built with ID-Light are lighter and have a better as-built surface than 10-20 pound foam.

    Iterate Faster with Stereolithography

    The design freedom and speed of Stereolithography makes design changes, iteration and validation easier than ever.

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    BUILD

    Reliable Resins with Stereolithography

    How Does Stereolithography Work?

    Stereolithography builds parts with a precise UV laser to cure and solidify thin layers of a photo-reactive resin.

    Post-build, SL parts require some support material removal and UV curing, as well as hand finishing or other requested post-processing.

    Stereolithography Finishing Experts

    Our finishing expertise takes your 3D printed prototype and transforms it into a replica of your finished product. Any surface look is achievable with our expert finishers.

    Custom finishing, texture, color, artwork, EMI/RFI shielding, plating and other functional coatings can bring additional value to prototyping and models.

    Stereolithography Photopolymers

    Our wide range of Stereolithography photopolymers serve our customer’s requirements, from clear to strong, rigid plastics to special formulas for investment casting patterns.

     

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    QUALITY

    Stereolithography Parts from 3D Printing Pioneers

    Our Stereolithography Quality Assurance

    From the beginning of 3D printing was Stereolithography, and long with it, our team of experts, learning what it takes for amazing parts.

    Our responsive team of engineers have worked tirelessly, testing and validate Stereolithography materials and processes for nearly 30 years.

    With the largest capacity of SL in North America, and engineers ready to assist with every step of your project, we’ll ensure amazing precise SL parts.

    Proprietary Stereolithography Techniques

    Our experience with Stereolithography has led us to develop proprietary techniques, post-processing methods, and material development for specialized applications.

    Whatever your project need, from investment casting patterns to concept models, we won’t rest until your requirements are met.

     

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    FAQ's

    Stereolithography Frequently Asked Questions

    What level of detail can be obtained with SL?

    Stereolithography is available in a variety of resolutions. At its finest resolution, the layer thickness is 0.002” and the X/Y resolution is 0.004”.

    Can SL-made components function as production parts?

    Stereolithography is not generally considered suitable for production applications because the photo-reactive resins used in the process do not remain stable under long exposure to UV light.

    However, SL is often used to make precise investment casting patterns to create end-use metal parts.

     

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    “[Stratasys 기술] 덕분에 [미국 국방부]에서는 지금까지 380만 달러 이상을 절감할 수 있었고 앞으로 10-15년 동안 1500만 달러 이상을 절감할 수 있을 것으로 예상합니다.”

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    Stereolithography Applications

     jigs and fixtures examples made with a Stratasys 3D Printer

    Jigs and Fixtures

    3D 프린팅의 디자인 유연성 덕분에 비용이나 제작 기간을 늘리지 않고도 지그, 고정구 및 기타 제조용 보조도구를 특정 작업이나 컴포넌트, 장비 또는 개인에 맞춰 최적화할 수 있습니다. Read More

    A drone constructed with the help of a Stratasys 3D Printer and Composite Tooling

    Composite Tooling

    FDM(Fused Deposition Modeling) 기술은 복합재 부품 제작을 단순화하면서도 전례없는 디자인 자유도를 제공합니다. 고온에 견딜 수 있는 툴을 경제적인 비용으로 불과 수일 안에 만들 수 있습니다. Read More

    Production Parts

    맞춤 부품을 소량 생산할 수 있습니다. 툴링으로 인한 지연이나 추가비용 없이 복잡한 형상의 부품을 자체 생산할 수 있으며, 내구성이 높고 안정적인 부품을 반복해서 제작할 수 있습니다. Read More

    Stereolithography Resources

    Printing Hearts

    Doctors at the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute utilize SL to recreate accurate models of their patients’ hearts before performing surgery.

    Doctors at the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute utilize SL to recreate accurate models of their patients’ hearts before performing surgery.

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    3D Printing and Foundries

    More than 20 years with experience has led us to develop key solutions for our foundry customers.

    More than 20 years with experience has led us to develop key solutions for our foundry customers.

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    Investment Casting Design Guidelines

    Take advantage of the design freedom of 3D printed investment casting patterns.

    Take advantage of the design freedom of 3D printed investment casting patterns.

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    How it Works: Stereolithography

    “In the old days, when we prototyped, it would take a machinist sometimes 6-8 weeks to make a simple pump housing. I can do that in 6-8 hours. That’s what it does.”