Build larger, faster, and lighter than ever with ID-Light. Offered only by Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, the ID-Light (Industrial Design Light) process is available with both Stereolithography (SL) and Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technologies and features a proprietary scaffolding-like internal structure under a solid surface exterior. This combination allows printing of large, rigid, and accurate geometries at only 1/12th the weight and in a fraction of the time—making it an excellent specialized application for large display models and lightweight fitment prototypes.
Ideal for non-structural appearance models, ID-Light SL builds faster, weighs less, and costs less than solid models built with Stereolithography. It also weighs less and has a better paint surface than 10 and 20lbs CNC Machining foam. ID-Light SL is regularly used to create large custom tradeshow marketing figures, architectural models, large detailed props for the entertainment industry, as well as art installation objects.
Stronger and more durable than ID-Light SL, ID-Light FDM, also known as sparse-fill, has the advantage of FDM’s wide range of production thermoplastics. Compared to solid FDM parts, those made with ID-Light FDM are lighter, cheaper, and quicker to build. While the outer shell is not as easy to finish as those made with ID-Light SL, wall thickness can be adjusted for additional smoothing and finishing as needed.
Benefits of ID-Light
ID-Light uses a proprietary process that builds a hard outer shell encompassing a drainable scaffolding-like inner structure. The combination of these two elements makes for extremely lightweight models with a surface that lends itself for pristine cosmetic finish.
Due to ID-Light’s inner scaffolding-like structure, the parts can be built much faster than solid, dense parts.
ID-Light FDM creates parts with a thin outer shell encasing an inner scaffolding-like structure with the same production thermoplastics you would find in injection molding for strong, lightweight models.
ID-Light is ideal for non-structural appearance models. This technology has found success in creating:
- Common applications include:
- Presentation and concept models
- Large custom trade-show/marketing figures
- Entertainment pieces, such as large detailed movie props, promotional figures
- Art and architectural models
- Paper pulp molds
- Vacuum forming molds
3D Printing a Lightweight Replica of the Thomas Jefferson Statue for the Smithsonian
Stratasys Direct Manufacturing partnered with the Smithsonian Museum to 3D Print a life-size replica of Thomas Jefferson. Hand finishing and surface treatments were used to turn the ID-Light, plastic parts into what looked like dense bronze.READ THE STORY
ID-Light: Frequently Asked Questions
- What makes ID-Light so lightweight?
- Stratasys Direct Manufacturing has developed a proprietary process for SL and FDM, which uses a scaffolding-like internal structure to provide strength while reducing the overall weight.
- Is there a way to make ID-Light more rigid and impact resistant?
- Yes. We can apply a two-part urethane paint to increase rigidity and impact strength.
- What Materials Can You Use with ID-Light?
- ID-Light parts can be built in FDM with PC-ABS, PC-ISO, PC, ULTEM 9085, ASA, ABS M30, and ABS M30i and in SL with SC 1000.