Stereolithography (SLA) Rapid Manufacturing
3d Printing technology is here and seems to be just about everywhere; in restaurants, retailers and even in hospitals. Numerous companies are taking advantage of its rapid prototyping and manufacturing options, but with all the various 3d printed products, how does one know which printing technology is right for them? In this three part blog series, we’ll explore just some of numerous 3d printing processes Dinsmore, Inc. offers their clients.
The most common and most popular form of 3d printing is Stereolithography (SLA). Stereolithography (SLA) is a form of additive manufacturing is used for creating models, prototypes as well as production parts. “Its high accuracy and good surface finish makes it the preferred choice for designer models, engineering verification and master patterns for silicone rubber molds,” states 3dprinting.com. Perhaps this is why the SLA process is still widely used even though it was developed early on in 3d printing history. The effectiveness of its final product allows engineers and the like to quickly continue on with project research and development.
Stereolithography (SLA) is one of Dinsmore most frequently used processes due to its precision, speed and affordability. “The SLA process utilizes a vat of liquid photopolymer resin cured by ultraviolet laser to solidify the pattern layer by layer to create or “print” a solid 3d model.” Stereolithography (SLA). (2013). The liquid building process creates extremely fine details when the final product hardens. It’s a truly customizable technology offering many choices for material, color and finish
- ProtoGen™ 18420
- 8120 Flex
- Accura SI60
SLA is just one of many 3d printing options Dinsmore offers clients and another reason why our technology is second to none in the industry. Let us help you get your project off the ground and into client’s and customer’s hands, quickly and efficiently.
Remember to check back next month and we’ll explore another 3d Printing process called, Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP).