SLA 3D Printing – Stereolithography 3D Print Rapid Prototyping

Stereolithography a.k.a. SLA is an additive manufacturing process. SLA technology converts liquid materials into solid parts. The SLA 3D print process happens layer-by-layer using a UV laser to solidify photo-reactive resins.

Post production, excess materials need to be removed and be cleaned from the parts. Surfaces can be hand-polished, plated or functional coatings can be added. Whatever your post-processing requirements are, we can help.

SLA is commonly used to produce aesthetic models, concept models, large prototypes, investment casting patterns and for low-quantity production runs.

SLA 3D Printing Benefits:

  • Fast iteration times – make design changes, iteration and validation quickly
  • Limitless part sizes – seamlessly bond individual parts into industrial sized patterns
  • Fast and accurate – reduce design, engineering and test phase of product dev, due to SLA’s rapid and accurate production.

SLA 3D Printing – Stereolithography Applications:

  • Rapid prototyping – Revise rapidly. Print parts to validate design and functionality and reiterate until its ready for mass production.
  • Conceptual Models – Showcase your idea to the World. SLS 3D printed models allow you to evaluate the design before you invest in expensive product tooling. SLS parts looks and feel like the final product. Many customers show their conceptual models to investors, bloggers or showcase on crowdfunding campaigns.
  • Functional Prototyping – Test your part in the ‘real world.’ Validate, prove and improve your designs in rigorous testing scenarios. See how your prototype built from engineering-grade materials performs before going into production.
  • Investment casting patterns – Pattern assurance is increased by excellent pattern accuracy and repeat-ability at a lower cost than traditional tooling and casting.

SLA 3D Printing – Stereolithography Applications:

Select Laser Sintering or SLS is an additive manufacturing process. SLS 3D printed parts are strong, water and air-tight, heat resistant and repeatable. The SLS process creates robust parts with filled nylon materials.

This makes SLS manufacturing ideal for building functional prototypes, production parts, or parts for all stages of the production lifecycle.

Select Laser Sintering (SLS) Applications:

  • Functional Prototype Parts – Ideal when complex parts that also need to be strong, durable and robust.  SLS parts are most used for functional prototypes.
  • Production Parts – Robust SLS parts are made out of engineering-grade thermoplastics making them strong and versatile enough to meet your final production requirements. SLS parts can be water and air-tight.

Advantages of SLS 3D Printing:

Durable – SLS is made of Nylon which is very durable, has great impact strength, flexibility and performs well in many different environments.

  • Complex Geometries and patterns can be produced relatively easily due to low cost SLS printing.
  • Rapid Turnaround Times – SLS parts can typically be produced in 2-4 days allowing for faster iterations and quicker speed to market.
  • Production Scalability – Use SLS to create a prototype / single part or dozens of production parts.
  • Parts Production – SLS can be used to create end-use production parts on-demand.
  • High Precision with tolerances of +/- 0.005” or +/- 0.002” per inch.

Available SLS Nylon Materials:

  • Nylon 12 (Unfilled)
  • Nylon 12 (Glass-Filled)

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