Stereolithography

3D Printer (SLA and DLP style)

Stereolithography is an additive manufacturing process that uses light to cure photosensitive resin to form a model. This process is quicker than FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) printing due to the fact that a whole layer can be completed in a few seconds.

The resin is cured on a build platform that moves upwards after each layer is exposed to light. The use of supporting structures is still needed and a few more steps are introduced into the finishing process.

Since the part is created in a resin filled vat, the uncured resin surrounding the part needs to be washed off. A curing of the part is then needed to insure rigidity and a final drying process is also required.

Parts made through Stereolithography printing are more precise than traditional FDM methods.