The SLA 3D printers are 3D printers that use a different printing technique in comparison to the common FDM/FFF 3D printers. SLA 3D printers are hailed for their excellent precision when producing 3D models but are limited by the build volume.
We offer all types of 3D resins for your SLA 3D printer. Find UV-sensitive resins and a variety of DLP resins and LCD resins in over ten colors for your creative pieces. The resin that we offer has different specialties in terms of castability, hardness, flexibility, and more!
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The maintenance of your SLA 3D printer is important in order to produce high-detail prints with a stunning finish and overall success rate of your prints. Get resin filters and resin cleaners and keep your 3D printer in top condition. Complete and secure your resin 3D model with a UV hardening chamber.
Stereolithography is a 3D printing technology stemming as early as the 1980s. SLA technology was invented by Hideo Kodama and works by transforming photosensitive liquid resin into 3D models and parts. It certainly follows the additive manufacturing process as parts are formed layer by layer through curing resin with a high-powered laser. DLP stands for digital light processing and is also closely related to SLA and instead, uses a digital projector to display the image of a layer.
SLA 3D printing produces 3D models at a remarkably detailed level. The SLA printed parts will have a smooth finish which is ideal for applications where a precise and intricate prototype is required. SLA 3D models are used in various industries like the medical space for testing and practice due to the exceptional degree that reality can be replicated. Use the compare button to find the SLA 3D printer for you!
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The main difference between resin 3D printers and filament 3D printers is the printing technology. FDM/FFF 3D printers use thermoplastics known as filament to print objects whereas SLA, DLP and LCD resin 3D printers use photosensitive liquid resin to form 3D models.
DLP stands for Digital Light Processing and uses a projector to flash an image of the 3D object’s layers which are cured one at a time. SLA is Stereolithography and converts resin into 3D objects with a UV light laser beam. DLP 3D printers tend to print at a faster printing speed in comparison to SLA 3D printers.
The main difference is that SLA 3D printers use a laser beam to cure resin while DLP technology uses a projector to solidify layers. LCD 3D printers use LCD screens or LED arrays to cure the resin with the same pixel method that DLP 3D printers use. Keep in mind that not all resins are compatible with the different printings methods.
Very small objects like a piece of lego can be printed within 4-10 minutes. The printing time will depend on the complexity and detail, the type of resin being used, and the light intensity of the printer. SLA resin 3D printers take more time to produce objects in comparison to FDM 3D printers. However, DLP and LCD resin 3D printers do print faster than FDM 3D printers.
Firstly protect yourself with gloves and remove the vat from the resin 3D printer. Pour the resin from the vat through a filter into a resin bottle. Wipe any residue from the vat and FEP film lightly with a paper towel. A paper towel with rubbing alcohol can be used for a final wipe to ensure a very clean vat, ready for the next print.