Stereolithography (SLA)

SLA is a type of photopolymerization capable of producing parts with an excellent surface finish and small feature resolution. SLA parts have low tensile strength and low UV resistance, making it unsuitable for most high-performance applications.

Producing parts with SLA

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Accura XtremeAccura ABS BlackSomos® PerFORMSomos® WaterShed XC 11122

FINISHING/POST-PROCESSING OPTIONS

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Common SLA Applications

SLA produces parts with small feature resolution and excellent surface finish, making it a good technology for applications where details are important.

Master patterns

High dimensional accuracy for precise patterns.

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Scale models

Capable of producing intricate details with high-resolution.

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Prototypes

Excellent resolution, small feature size, and finish.

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SLA advantages and challenges

ADVANTAGES

  • Intricate and accurate detailing
  • Specialty materials
  • No finishing necessary

CHALLENGES

  • Limited tensile strength
  • Requires temporary supports
  • Light sensitivity

SLA resources

Learn more about the SLA services we offer at the Fast Radius resource center.

Choosing the best rapid prototyping process
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