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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    Stereolithography Applications

     jigs and fixtures examples made with a Stratasys 3D Printer

    夹具和治具

    3D 打印设计的灵活性可帮助您针对特定任务、组件、个人或设备,优化夹具、治具及其他制造辅助用具,而不会提高成本或延长生产时间。 Read More

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

    复合材料加工

    熔融沉积成型 (FDM) 技术可简化复合零件的制造工作,同时提供无与伦比的设计自由。只需短短数天,即可生产出耐高温且具有成本效益的工具。 Read More

    生产零件

    满足小批量生产定制零件的需求无需延时和加工费用,即可在内部生产耐用、稳定且可重复的复杂几何结构零件。 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.”