Lucky owner of an SLA 3D printer? Then youll be needing a list of cool resin/SLA models to 3D print. Here are some fun projects to get you started.
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Sure, the vast majority of desktop 3D printers are of the Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) variety. Thatsaboutbuilding an object layer by layer withmolten thermoplastic filament. But while the technology is cheap and accessible, and can deliver great results, some folks are craving MORE.
And by MORE, we mean theyre gazing wistfully at an SLA 3D printer.
Stereolithography (SLA) 3D printers are technically superior to FFF 3D printers chiefly because of their high resolution. By curing light-sensitive resins with a laser, SLA machines can produce accurate and detailed objects that are second to none. Thats why theyre so highly prized in the jewellry and dentistry industries, for example.
But when it comes to the fabrication process, SLA 3D printers have their own set of requirements. Because the object is being formed in a resin tank, particular care has to be taken that any uncured liquid resin is not left trapped inside the object. For this reason, many objects are fabricated at an angle on the build platform.
Now that SLA machines are becoming more affordable, easy to use, and reliable and youre more likely to have bought one weve compiled a list of cool things for SLA 3D printing.
Did we miss your favorite design? Be sure to let us know in the comments.
The first thing youre going to want to print (and admire) is 3DBenchy, the jolly 3D printer torture test. This open source design from Creative Tools is ade factostandard for assessing the quality settings of a 3D printer, whether its an FFF or an SLA 3D printer. We made one here in the ALL3DP office when testing a Form 2, and the detail and resolution is simply gobsmacking to behold.
The second thing youre going to want to print (and admire) is the Hollow Draudi from BCN3D Technologies. This is another workout object for an SLA 3D printer, with an empty geometry thats perfect for fabrication on resin 3D printers. Of course, you can also create one on an FFF 3D printer if you so choose, but there are other more capable designs in the BCN3D Draudi family for flexing those muscles.
One more useful model for calibrating your SLA 3D printer; the handy dandy dyMAXion full build volume test. Its been specially designed by Formlabs to take up the entire build volume of their flagship Form 2, which is 145 145 175 mm large. But they also promise that it can be fabricated on other resin based 3D printers, so download and go crazy with it.
Moving on to objects less practical (but fun), this pair of striking designs are printed hollow, with room to insert LED lamps for spooky illumination at your next garden party. After all, what could be more inviting than a writhing squid in a jar? OR a gurning gorilla skull? Nothing this side of H.P. Lovecraft, thats what.
Oh wait, youd like to see some more LED Lamp action? DesignerWalid Azizis happy to oblige. Following on from his squids and skulls above, we get a change of pace with an origami bunny and a human heart. E Once again, these designs can be printed hollow on an SLA 3D printer, with room inside for inserting an LED light to provide atmospheric lighting.
This ornate hinged box is just the thing for tidying away your post-it notes and other desktop knick-knacks. Plus, it has integrated leak-holes for those disastrous moments of coffee spillage. The design is printed in two separate parts, which are then easily snapped together to form a functional item.
This tiny vintage TV set is a homage to thePhilco Predicta, an iconic design from the 1950s. This project is built around a 2 inch LCD display, and printed in clear resin on an SLA 3D printer. An interesting detail is that the front lens was polished clear after being printed, so it really is possible to watch classic B-movies likeForbidden PlanetandThe Thing from Another World.
Theres so much strife and tension in the world, man. Like, if only we could sit in the Lotus position on a organic woolen rug in a Fairtrade certified yurt and light some incense maybe listen to some whale songs everyone would feel so much more relaxed. Step one on the path to enlightenment and SLA 3D printing is this incense pagoda, designed to be printed without supports and hold an incense cone in the center (but take care that your material is strong enough for the heat).
Moving from the spiritual to the material, we have this cute little sparschwein piggy bank. If anything else, it puts to rest the notion that FFF 3D printers have the monopoly on practical money saving measures. And hey, if you follow thisguide for making a scented resin, you can make this piggy bank smell of money If there was a general consensus on what money actually smelled like. Cheddar, perhaps?
Next, we have this elegant wind sculpted vase. Its a simple design, and looks like a perfectly comfortable home for sunflowers. A fun fact about this model is that it was designed by Martin Galese, general counsel at Formlabs. Designing ornamental vases is one way to unwind from the stresses of the day job, we guess!
This is a model of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France thats been optimized for SLA resin flow. The structural detail is incredible, and is surely a great test of your resin 3D printers capabilities. Accessorize with some fresh croissants, Bonne Maman apricot jam, and a block of brie cheese for some extra Gallic charm.
More squids for your resin 3D printer, this time a set of giant sea monsters that can be printed without supports. With so many challenging overhangs, youd have a hell of a time replicating this design on a conventional FFF 3D printer. And we cant be sure, but we suspect theres a niche audience forThe Call of Cthulhudeep in the heart of the SLA 3D printing community
For those folks rocking an iPhone 6 or 6s, this nifty design converts the plug charger into a docking platform, perfect for any household power points that are higher than floor level. It should be easy to modify to accomodate the bigger iPhone 6 Plus, too, but the (slightly) heavier phone may cause more of a strain on the wall socket.
Apparently, the humble Turtle dove represents peace, friendship and love. Thats why this ornament of two birds has a big old heart in the middle (in case you missed it), and it makes a perfect seasonal decoration for the Christmas tree. This print shown in the picture was specifically made on an SLA 3D printer, but it should be easy to make on an FFF machine, too.
Do you know why the caged bird sings?No? Hold it closer to your ears, and then perhaps all will become clear. These dinky bird cages are ultra simple, and can be printed quickly and without supports.
This is a striking design for a candle holder, made from a 3D generative coding app calledStructure Synth. It wouldnt look out of place in Supermans Fortress of Solitude, we reckon. But make sure you put a tall candle in there; save the smell of burning plastic for your FFF 3D printers.
Got yourself an Apple TV? Prop up the slimline remote on this elegant, art-deco inspired stand when not in use. The stand was designed and tested on an SLA 3D printer first and foremost, but its also possible to produce on an FFF machine.
If Robocop ever put in a transfer for the Canadian Mounted Division, he would sit astride something like this Geared Robot Horse. But, you know, blown up to 3000%. And fully motorized. And with mounted lasers for bedazzling perps. In any case, this is a cool design that could be improved upon if the parts were articulated. Your move, creep.
What, you thought we were done with lamps? Nosirree! The thing that makes this particular project so cool is that it combines both FFF and SLA 3D printing into one sweeeeeet project. Whilst the base is modelled from conventional thermoplastic, the shade is made with resin on an SLA 3D printer, with a set of magical tendrils that create a striking effect when illuminated. Very cool.
These mini Form 2 models have another purpose other than looking cute. Created at theFormlabs 2016 Hackathon, they actually show a printers status. The electronics inside use the Form 2 Dashboard API to get the current status of a printer and display it with LEDs. The light changes color depending on whether the printer is idle, currently printing, or finished printing. The design even features a mini speaker that plays a victory song when a print is complete. These are just the models for the STL files, but stay tuned for the full instructions for the electronic components.
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