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SLA also known as Stereolithography, provides great accuracy with an excellent surface finish. Process works by curing liquid photopolymers when exposed to ultraviolet light.

SLA (Stereolithography)

How SLA works: How SLA works When the laser beam hits the liquid, it solidifies the resin. When a layer is fully traced, the elevator is then lowered in the vat. The self-adhesive property of the material causes the layer to stick with each other and in this way a 3d part is formed in multi-layers. SLA process is very accurate and suitable for smooth surface finished parts. These parts are widely used for conceptual designs, Product verification, Pattern making, Form/Fit analysis and light functional testing.

SLA part Gallery

SLA part Gallery

Advantages of SLA Process

  • Very Accurate process, suitable for close tolerance and form fit parts
  • Excellent surface finish, suitable for conceptual and presentation designs
  • Excellent feature detail, suitable for making master models for vacuum casting process
  • Translucent or Transparent parts can be made by using special resins and finishing techniques.
  • SLA parts can be bead blasted, painted, textured finished, electroplated.
  • SLA Quick cast parts can be directly used for Investment casting patterns.
  • Very Accurate process, suitable for close tolerance and form fit parts.

Limitations of FDM Process

  • Parts are fragile need to be careful before using for thin wall sections and only recommended for light functional testing. Generally not recommended for snap fitting or living hinge features.
  • Most of SLA parts are sensitive to heat, moisture and chemicals. Not recommended for high humidity or excessive temperature applications.
  • SLA may not be the cheapest option for prototyping needs, some of the factors determining the price are: Volume, overall size specially height, complexity, surface finish and postprocessing requirement.

General Applications of SLA parts

  • Medical and Healthcare sector
  • Wind-Tunnel Test Models, Investment Casting Patterns
  • Electronics and Electrical housings
  • Automotive, Aerospace and Engineering components
  • Excellent feature detail, suitable for making master models for vacuum casting process
  • Tooling inserts, Jigs and Fixtures
  • Packaging goods, Consumer products, Jewellery