SLA 3D Printing Singapore

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What is SLA?

Stereolithography (SLA) technology works by making use of light-reactive thermoset materials called “resin.” The technology uses a light source (a laser or projector) to cure and harden liquid resin into the desired 3D shape. 

Patented in the 1980s, the technology is the first 3D printing technology ever developed. Until today, the veteran 3D printing technique remains one of the three most common 3D printing technologies along with FDM and SLS. 

SLA 3D prints from top to bottom, and the build platform lifts the model upwards, out of the resin bath. 

Key benefits of SLA include smooth finishing, high precision and accuracy as well as fine detail. It is among the most accurate forms of 3D printing. Therefore, SLA is preferred for producing objects such as prototypes and moulds that can facilitate production of structures of complex geometries, like jewellery.

With regards to compatible materials, this 3D printing technology is accompanied with different kinds of resin. These resin materials are able to print objects of varying physical and aesthetic properties. For example, Formlabs’ Tough Resin can be used for applications where a high degree of strength and mechanical resistance are needed.

Materials

SLA GP Plus

GP Plus

Extremely accurate, excellent humidity resistance, and commendable durability.

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Somos® WaterShed XC 11122

Ideal for producing parts that are nearly colorless and resemble true, clear engineered plastic.

SLA Taurus

Taurus (Charcoal Grey)

Ideal for end use applications and functional prototypes. Superior strength and durability.

SLA Evolve

EvoLVe (Off-White)

Easy to clean and finish, accurate and dimensionally stable.

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NeXt

Extremely durable and accurate with high feature detail. Ideal for tough, complex parts.

Other 3D Printing Processes

FDM

Short for Fused Deposition Modeling, FDM is one of the most commonly adopted additive manufacturing technologies today due to its low cost and efficiency.

Polyjet

Polyjet is a liquid-based 3D printing technology. It is able to 3D print at a high speed, with extremely high accuracy and a smooth surface finish.

SLS

SLS is a powder-based 3D printing technology suitable for building parts that require complex geometries and high durability.

MJF

Similar to SLS, Multi Jet Fusion also utilizes powder to 3D print objects. Parts produced by MJF are stronger and more precise compared to SLS.

Full Colour

Full Colour 3D UV-Curable Inkjet technology has the capability to print 10 million colours, making it ideal for products such as marketing models.