Stereolithography

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SLA Advantages

  • Wide Range of Finishing Options and Material Selection
  • High-quality models at relatively high speed
  • Accurate Prototypes

SLA Applications

  • Fit/form, proof of concept prototypes and engineering verifications
  • Investment Casting Patterns
  • Rapid Tooling, Jigs & Fixtures
  • Designer models, snap-fit assemblies
  • Scale & exhibition models
  • Optics, transparent covers
  • Molds & casting patterns

Stereolithography 3D produced parts are used, amongst others, in automotive and wind tunnel testing. Please find above a non exhaustive list of additional applications and advantages of SLA 3D Printing.

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Sla Experts

Axis’ first prototype service offering was 3D printing with SLA and remains one of our core prototype service offerings. Prototyping in SLA is one of the fastest and most accurate ways to produce 3D parts. Axis currently owns and operates 5 large platform (500mm by 500mm) SL machines as well as 1 high definition Viper SLA (250mm x 250mm) Stereo Lithography machines positioning us as an important North American Prototype Manufacturer.

Materials

SLA Photopolymers

sla Material Specifications
  • DSM Somos® 9120

    The flexibility of this material and its fast build makes it an ideal choice for large, durable and robust parts. It is particularly suited to fastening and gluing, as well as concept modeling.

  • DSM Somos Watershed® XC 11122

    If you’re looking to do water-flow analysis, RTV molding, manufacturing patterns and wind-tunnel testing, this clear, colorless material that resembles polycarbonate is a great choice.

  • DSM Somos 18420

    This material is known for its superior resistance to chemicals and heat as well as its low humidity absorption. It is the perfect choice for fit & form testing, and functional prototyping.

  • DSM Somos NeXT

    Resembling injection molded thermoplastic, this next generation material is an ideal option for low volume manufacturing, packaging and end-use prototyping.

Process selection guide

SLA SLASLS SLSDMLS DMLSFDM FDMPolyjet Polyjet
Typical Lead Time3 - 5 days5 - 7 days7 - 9 days3 - 5 days2 - 4 days
Material TypePhotopolymerThermoplasticMetalThermoplasticPhotopolymer
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