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Stereolithography is a 3D Printing technology that uses UV light and a liquid resin to generate high resolution physical objects.

In addition to a computer, there are three major components to SLA 3D printing. First, there is a tank filled with several gallons of photopolymer liquid, also called liquid plastic. This is where the printing occurs. Immersed in the tank is a perforated platform that moves up and down inside the tank as the printing process progresses. Finally, there is an ultraviolet laser responsible for hardening the photopolymer.

At the beginning of the process, a thin photopolymer layer is exposed above the perforated platform. The ultraviolet laser strikes the platform and traces the objects pattern. Because the photopolymer is ultraviolet curable, it hardens when the laser hits it and forms the first layer of the object. After the first layer hardens, the computer lowers the platform, which reveals a new layer of liquid polymer. Once again the laser traces the objects pattern, and the liquid polymer solidifies, binding to the already hardened polymer beneath it.

This process continues until the object is completed and totally submerged in the tank. Afterwards, the platform is raised and the object removed. Because of the toxic nature of the chemicals, the final printed product must be rinsed to remove the extra polymer. The object is then placed in an ultraviolet oven, where it is further cured. This final step is unique to SLA printing.

SLA Process Video bySolid Concepts, Inc

What is SLA 3D printing best known for? Generally, SLA has a faster print time thanFDMandSLS, and it is often the most accurate printing method available due to the precision achievable with a laser. Though SLA requires that users bake their products to ensure they are properly cured, no physical modification is required because the end results have a smooth finish, unlike objects printed with FDM and SLS.

Despite the faster printing time and smoother finish, the market for SLA desktop printers is more limited than the FDM market. Formlabs printer Form 1+ is the best option for consumers interested in desktop SLA printing. They company provides a range of colored resin and a complete starter kit. Consumers should be ready to pay a bit more for an SLA printer, though. SLA is a more expensive method, and the photopolymer requires special handling. Furthermore, SLA printers dont automatically factor in support structures where theyre required, so users must plan support into their design. SLA is best used for prototypes that need to be created quickly but wont undergo harsh testing conditions.

Due to the limited market, we dont yet offer SLA printers here at 3D Supply Guys. We do however offer a number of different printer brands featuring FDM technology. Our popular printer brands include Flashforge, Solidoodle, and 3Doodler. To see our full line of printers, pleaseclick here.

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The UNIZ Slash SLA 3D Printer Can Print 50 Times Faster Than the Formlabs Form

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It says a lot about how much exciting 3D printing news there was at this years Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas when a new 3D printer as exciting as the Slash 3D Printer didnt get more coverage than it did. As the first product of new 3D printer startup UNIZ, the Slash is going to completely change the game for desktop, light-cured resin SLA printers. Not only is it going to be able to print up to fifty times as fast as the Form 2 DLP 3D printer from Formlabs, but it also offers a similar layer resolution and is expected to cost almost half as much.

The San Diego-based company has been developing the technology for the Slash for the better part of eighteen months, and CES was the first time that anyone got a look at it. While it is a resin-based 3D printer like the Form 2, rather than using a single laser point to cure the liquid resin it uses a new LCD masking technology. It is that minor change in how the resin is hardened that makes all the difference and produced finished models at blisteringly fast speeds. A laser is only capable of hardening very small sections of resin at a time, like a pencil drawing a picture. But the Slash uses an LCD light projector that is capable of selectively filtering UV light, which allows the entire layer to be printed instantly.

The result is a desktop SLA printer that when compared to the printed volume of material will 3D print entire objects almost fifty time as fast as any laser-based DLP 3D printer. The process is capable of curing 1,000cc of material per hour and is so accurate that in addition to its speed, it is even capable of producing parts with a higher layer resolution. At its fastest speed the Slash will print parts with a 0.2mm resolution, but it can be slowed down a bit and produce fine details up to a 0.01mm resolution.

In addition to the new LCD curing method, the Slash also has what sounds like a proprietary automated resin leveling system that keeps the optimal amount of material in the tank at all times. The resin canister is mounted upside down on the outside of the printer in a pretty slick looking dock on the side, so theoretically the printer will never run out of resin mid-job. That makes the machineUNIZ CEO Dr. Houmin Li explained to tech blog Fabaloo how the Slash works:

While the company did not have an exact cost available at CES, they did estimate that the final retail price would range between $1,500 and $2,000, which is considerably cheaper than the $3,500 Form 2. UNIZ did not announce aThe Slash 3D Printer at CES 2016.

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SLA 3D printer materials degrade on demand in Brown University study

A study fromthe Wong lab at Brown Universityhas given researchers more control over 3D printed polymers.

Supporting a direct-write stereolithography (SLA) approach, specially developed materials allow scientists to reverse the 3D printing process, returning a semi-solid structure to a pre-printed liquid state.

A hydrogel 3D printed Brown Logo disintegrates in a petri dish within 15 mins, .gif shows the process 300 X real time speed. Image via Brown News

The liquid-to-solid reaction insideSLA 3D printersis a form of ionic crosslinking, where particles fuse together upon exposure to light. The bonds formed between these molecules are strong, however typically irreversible.

The 3D printable ink developed at Brown succeeds because of ability to remove the ions from the bond after crosslinking. To do this, the researchers take advantage of chemical chelation.

Browns reversible 3D printer material is analginate-based hydrogel, laced with different combinations of metallic salts magnesium, barium and calcium iodides.

Once 3D printed in the ink, a chelating agent is added. This attracts the metallic ion from the structure, ultimately causing dissolution of the solid object.

Speaking toKevin Stacey for Brown University newsIan Wong, assistant professor and co-author of the research, explains The idea is that the attachments between polymers should come apart when the ions are removed, which we can do by adding a chelating agent that grabs all the ions.

Stages of degradation. In this example, a 3D printed Brown University crest dissolves in 15 minutes when a chelating agent is added. Images via Brown News

Wong adds, Its a bit like Legos. We can attach polymers together to build 3-D structures, and then gently detach them again under biocompatible conditions.

The ionic salt combinations create varying stiffness in the 3D printed hydrogel, which is how the researchers are able to control the rate of degradation. In the example above, it typically takes 15 minutes for the 3D printed Brown University crest to fully dissipate.

The main application under investigation for this ink is in the fabrication of medical devices, such asmicrofluidic and organ on a chipmodels.

Wongs research expertise is in studying the biophysics of cancer. The supporting paper,published in Lab on a Chip journal, details how the material can be used to study the migration of cancerous cells to form tumors.

The material is also useful for creating complex channels inside a non-dissolvable material, accurately representing vessel structure within the body.

Biocompatibility of the range of materials used in the study is key to the projects success.

At the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) researchers have developed a similarerasable  ink for sub-micron stereolithography. Other projects in the past have also used salt as thesacrificial material in DLP 3D printers.

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Featured image: SLA 3D printed logo for Brown University that disappears with the addition of a water-soluble acid. Screenshot via Brown News

Beau Jackson is a senior journalist at 3D Printing Industry. Originally from Yorkshire, she has a BA and MA in English from Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Kent. Beaus specialist interests in additive manufacturing include its application in new research discoveries, and impact on the cultural heritage sector.

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The iPro 8000 is a high-productivity, mid-range SLA® 3D printing system that builds robust parts with outstanding surface smoothness, feature resolution, edge definition and tolerances. Find out more about the sterolithography (SLA) technology pioneered and patented by 3D Systems founder, Chuck Hull.

SLA technology is extremely versatile and it can be used in any number of areas that require precision above all else. It is all about precision and accuracy, so it is often used where form, fit and assembly are critical. The tolerances on an SLA part are typically less than .05mm, and it offers the smoothest surface finish of any additive manufacturing process. Considering the level of quality SLA can achieve, its particularly useful for creating highly precise casting patterns (e.g., for injection molding, casting and vacuum casting) as well as functional prototypes, presentation models, and for performing form and fit testing.

Features:Produce precise, robust parts as functional prototypes, casting patterns, presentation models and for fit and form testingBenefit from multiple material choices with surprising properties as good as, or even better, than traditional materialsProduce multiple SLA parts simultaneously without compromising accuracy or performance.

The iPro 8000 MP SLA® Production Printer is a high-productivity, mid-range Stereolithography 3D printing system that builds robust medical parts with outstanding surface smoothness, feature resolution, edge definition and tolerances and is equipped with automated, push-button data processing to build hundreds of parts at a time.

The systems mid-range build envelope and high-throughput capabilities make it ideal for the rapid mass customization of medical parts, including orthodontics, implant drill guides, dental restorations and hearing aid shells, among others.

SLA technology is extremely versatile and it can be used in any number of areas that require precision above all else. It is all about precision and accuracy, so it is often used where form, fit and assembly are critical. The tolerances on an SLA part are typically less than .05mm, and it offers the smoothest surface finish of any additive manufacturing process.

Features:Build robust SLA parts quickly and economically for incredible product features and performance.Deliver highly accurate parts and implants from a broad range of eurethane and bio-compatible materials with very high tensile strengths and propertiesRaise the standards and expectations of what your medical device and implant practice delivers.

Take on more projects faster with 3D Systems ProX™ 950 Stereolithography (SLA®) Production Printerthe largest-format, highest-speed, greatest accuracy and greenest 3D printer available today, offering revolutionary new ways to quickly manufacture precise plastic parts and forgo the design limitations of CNC or injection molding.

The ProX 950 is equipped with 3D Systems newest PolyRay™ print head technology that can manufacture real parts at up to 10 times the speed of other 3D printers, drawing on the widest choice of proven high-performance engineered materials that are qualified for the most demanding aerospace, medical device and industrial use-cases.

The ProX 950 is flexible and versatile, and can produce precision parts with accuracy that rivals CNC machining, ranging in sizes smaller than the eye of a needle all the way to parts larger than a life-size tiger without compromising feature details or true-to-CAD accuracy.

With the industrys widest array of SLA materials, the ProX 950 delivers a range of properties, from ABS-like toughness to polycarbonate-like clarity. You can even cast directly from printed patterns using QuickCast™ technology.

Features:Go big without the seams Build up to 1.5 m (5 ft) wide in one piece, no gluing or assembly required. Fast production Create a full-size dashboard in two days. Be exact The ProX 950 delivers the highest end-to-end accuracy and detail, even on huge parts. Use the material that meets your requirements The Accura® line of SLA production materials offers the right properties for your application, including QuickCast pattern technology. Print efficiently Highly efficient material use means unused material stays in the system, resulting in minimal waste.

The production ready 3D printer for tough plastic parts.

The ProX™ 500 Selective Laser Sintering (SLS®) production 3D printer delivers superior parts with greater precision, durability and quality in a compact production-grade system that is easy to own and economical to use. Designed for the manufacturing floor, the ProX 500 produces ready-to-use functional parts and complete assemblies for a variety of aerospace, automotive, patient specific medical devices, fashion accessories, and mobile device use cases.

The compact ProX printer was developed in tandem with the revolutionary DuraForm® ProX material to produce smoother wall surfaces and injection molding-like part quality, with resolution and edge definition that surpasses existing alternatives. With over 80% material reusability, the integration of both new printer and material yields the most economical material utilization available.

The ProX 500 is equipped with 3D Systems latest print drivers, automated part nesting on the fly and optional, automated material handling module that streamlines production and recycling of materials for an optimal product every time.

Features:Real, precise thermoplastic parts. High throughput. Process reliability. Manufacture strong end-use parts and functional prototypes faster The ProX 500 combines exceptional 3D mechanical properties with additive manufacturing speeds. Be confident in your process and results Manufactured parts from the ProX 500 show outstanding resolution, surface finish and edge definition. Streamline your workflow Automated production tools, powder handling and recycling functions, and mobile production controls allow you to get the most from every second. Maximize your investment With remarkably high throughput, material efficiency and process consistency, the ProX 500 lowers your total cost of ownership. Take advantage of complete design freedom The ProX 500 makes it easy to directly produce low runs of complex products or one-off customised products.

The sPro™ 140 SLS Production Printer produces durable, mid-range (22 in/550mm long) high-definition plastic parts, using the broadest range of available materials.

With fully automated powder handling, recycling and material traceability, this manufacturing-ready system increases the output of your investment, ensuring maximum efficiency.

Features:Stretch the life of your materials with durable, high precision builds and a reduced waste recycling system. To significantly reduce build time, investigate the sPro 140 HS option.

The sPro 230 production printer uses a state-of-the-art digital imaging system to accurately build large (up to 30 in/750 mm long), durable plastic parts in high-definition.

Profit from the fullest use of the broadest range of available materials with automated powder handling and material recycling and traceability.

Features:Expand build size and production capabilities with the exceptional accuracy of digital imaging. Build faster with the sPro 230 HS system.

The sPro 60 HD prints durable, high-definition plastic parts from the broadest range of available materials.

This state-of-the-art system uses digital scans to masterfully and rapidly manufacture your designs specifications.

Features:Lead in productivity and quality with unprecedented SLS refinement. Maximize throughput with the sPro 60 HD-HS system to build finer details, faster.

The sPro 60 SD printer reliably manufactures high-quality SLS parts with dependable performance and durability.

Features:Fulfill your SLS applications needs with precision and ease.

The ProX™ range of Direct Metal Sintering (DMS) 3D printers builds on 3D Systems stellar laser sintering capabilities by incorporating 10 years of research and development in metal 3D printing.

The smallest of the ProX DMS line, the ProX 100 is designed as the starting point for people wishing to manufacture small, complex metal parts at high quality and speed using DMS. The ProX 100 features a build volume of 100mm x 100mm x 80mm along with manual material loading and an optional external recycling station. The system supports materials including Maraging 1.2709, Stainless 17-4PH, Ti6Al4V, AlSi12. The ProX 100 also includes 3D Systems software tools, which are specifically designed to ensure successful direct metal or ceramic manufacturing processes.

Features:Exceptional surface finish and resolution. Minimal waste of materials. Able to produce parts not normally manufacturable using traditional methods. Fast production times. Very dense, non-porous parts. Consistently high accuracy parts even on first-time builds.

Produce metal dental prostheses faster than ever

The ProX™ 100 Dental system enables you to use Direct Metal Sintering (DMS) to produce high-quality, metal dental prostheses, which can be directly used by dental laboratories. Supporting certified Ni-free CoCr materials for dental use, the ProX 100 Dental system is a perfect starting point for clients wishing to quickly manufacture small, complex dental prostheses. To streamline your workflow, the ProX 100 Dental also includes a high-performance software solution for managing the manufacture of fixed and removable dental prostheses. This seamless, intuitive interface quickly guides you from dental file import to the creation of manufacturing files.

The ProX 100 Dental system is the smallest of the metal 3D printing systems, with a build volume of 100mm x 100mm x 80mm. It has manual loading of materials and an optional external recycling station, with materials that can be manipulated safely.

Features:Build metal dental prosthetics in hours. Increase productivity and reliability. Produce fully dense metal parts. Minimal waste of materials. Able to produce parts not normally manufacturable using traditional methods. Very dense, non-porous parts. Consistently high accuracy parts even on first-time builds.

Medium-sized build volume in a powerful metal 3D printing package

The latest addition to the ProX™ range, the ProX 200 integrates a powerful laser adapted to an intermediary production volume for the streamlined manufacturing of precise, medium-sized metal parts. The ProX 200 is a high-performance, high-quality alternative to traditional manufacturing processes, offering reduced waste, greater speeds for production, short set up times, very dense metal parts, and the ability to produce very complex assemblies as a single part. In addition, the ProX 200 gets you to your part faster with seamless, intuitive 3D printing software.

The ProX 200 system offers a build volume of 140mm x 140mm x 100mm height. It features semi-automated material loading and an optional external recycling system, and supports materials, including Maraging 1.2709, Stainless 17-4PH, Ti6Al4V, AlSi12 as well as ceramics.

Features:Build metal parts with fast build speeds. Robust manufacturing floor platform. Exceptional surface finish and resolution. Create fully dense metal parts. Minimal waste of materials. Able to produce parts not normally manufacturable using traditional methods.

The best system for larger volume print runs of metal dental parts

The ProX™ 200 Dental brings the power of laser sintering to the production of metal dental parts using Cobalt Chromium. This high-performance, high-quality alternative to traditional manufacturing processes offers reduced waste, greater speeds for production, short set-up times, very dense parts, and the ability to produce complex assemblies as a single parts.

The ProX 200 Dental system is a large dental printer, offering a build volume of 140mm x 140mm x 100mm height. It features a semi-automated material loading and optional external recycling system, and supports certified Ni-free CoCr material for dental printing.

The ProX 200 series offer laboratories the most suitable system for larger volume print runs with the ease of intuitive 3D printing software.

Features:Produce Ni-free CoCr dental prostheses faster. Boost production times. Top accuracy and surface finish. Reduce material waste. Able to produce parts not normally manufacturable using traditional methods. Produce very dense, non-porous parts. Consistently high accuracy parts even on first-time builds.

Metal 3D printing for industrial applications

3D Systems brings its legendary reliability and repeatability to production-level Direct Metal Sintering (DMS) with the ProX™ 300 3D printer.

The ProX 300 3D printer makes additive manufacturing an industrial option for the production of metal parts. The ProX 300 is the largest in our DMS range, offering a build volume of 9.8 x 9.8 x 11.8 in (250 x 250 x 300 mm). It features an automated material loading and recycling system, and supports materials including Maraging 1.2709, Stainless 17-4PH, Ti6Al4V, AlSi12.

The ProX 300 is a high-performance, high-quality alternative to traditional manufacturing processes, offering reduced waste, greater speeds for production, short set up times, very dense parts, and the ability to produce very complex assemblies as a single parts.

Features:Robust manufacturing floor platform. Patented powder layering system guarantees outstanding quality. Exceptional surface finish and resolution. Excellent accuracy and repeatability. Fully dense parts with superior mechanical properties. Fast build speeds.

The VX1000 combines reliable industrial printing with large-format capabilities to offer a machine that can take on any task.

Print complex geometries with precise undercuts that stay true to your design.

Features:An inorganic binder offers an environmentally friendly way to produce large components and molds. Achieve high-resolution results through a high-performance process.

The VX500 is equipped with a high-resolution print head to enable high-speed builds and guarantee outstanding surface quality.

Its straightforward production capabilities make it a smart choice for the quick and economical production of prototypes and functional models.

Features:Print durable plastic parts and molds fast and affordably. Expect effective and continuous operation from the VX500, enabled by its rugged design and high quality components.

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Toronto based industrial 3D printer manufacturerWAVE3Dis set to launch the Wave3D Pro SLA machine.

Aiming to be theworlds most financially accessibleindustrial 3D printer of its kind, the Wave3D Pro challenges six-figure price points, and provides professionals with ample space to prototype bigger products.

Demo, time lapse print of a full size solid Fender guitar prototype on the Wave3D Pro. Clip viaWave3D Informationon YouTube.

The typical build size of SLA 3D printers has seen the technology used to make small-scale, high-detail objects,such as dental modelsor jewelry designs.

By contrast, the Wave3D Pro has a volume of 15.5 X 8.5 X 22 inches, making it capable of printing objects like a scale model of a Fender guitar in a single print. While not the biggest, this is still substantial.

The average layer resolution of Wave3D printer is given as 50 microns, which is equal to 0.05mm.

To enable industrial-scale capabilities, many aspects of the SLA process had to be re-engineered for the Wave3D Pro 3D printer. One example given by the company is in the lining of the machines build tray.

In place of silicone, WAVE3D have used an optically clear film which can be easily replaced if it should get damaged or overused. Additionally, the company explainsthis technique provides no hazing and virtually no sticking so large flat surfaces can be printed with ease.

The company have also made materials and software open for its users, encouraging experimentation and making the machine easy to use.

Challenging the six-figure proposition

The finished specs are the result of two years research and development by the Canadian team.

In our early market research,explains Ajay Deshmukh , Co-Founder and CEO of WAVE3D,large size, high quality, reliability and affordability remained a combination that was just not available.He continues,

Today, large, industrial 3D printing is still a six-figure proposition for almost any company that wants to produce large, high quality parts [] Compromises needed to be made, on either size, or materials available, or even with the orientations of prints in order to get the types of industrial output needed for enterprise applications. We simply asked ourselves, how could we deliver a final outcome that rivaled all aspects of an industrial printer, with the simplicity of a desktop.

Now the company are due to start a pilot production run of the machine but are seeking investment to take manufacturing to the next level. Small scale production makes the Wave Pro 3D currently available for $60,000 USD.

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Featured image: A 3D printed scale model of the Eiffel Tower made on the Wave3D Pro. Screenshot via Wave3D Information on YouTube.

Beau Jackson is a senior journalist at 3D Printing Industry. Originally from Yorkshire, she has a BA and MA in English from Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Kent. Beaus specialist interests in additive manufacturing include its application in new research discoveries, and impact on the cultural heritage sector.

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Wave3D to launch Wave3D Pro for large SLA 3D printing

Wave3D Pro 3D printer with scale 3D printed guitar model.

Toronto-based 3D printing startup,Wave3Dis gearing up to launch its debut stereolithography 3D printer aimed at professional and industrial users.

Unveiled earlier this month, theWave3D Prois the product of two-years of development with the goal of making an affordable large-format SLA system that addresses the needs of small and medium sized businesses looking to invest in 3D printing.

Offering a build volume of 15.5 x 8.5 x 22 inches at a resolution of 50 microns, Wave3D says it has re-engineered the bottom-up SLA printing progress with an platform open that allows users to use their preferred materials and software.

The machine features a proprietary build tray which uses an clear film rather than silicone found in other technologies, which can be replaced cheaply and quickly. Wave3D says this technique means virtually no sticking so large flat surfaces can be printed with ease.

Today, large, industrial 3D printing is still a six-figure proposition for almost any company that wants to produce large, high quality parts said Ajay Deshmukh , Co-Founder and CEO of Wave3D. In our early market research, large size, high quality, reliability and affordability remained a combination that was just not available. Compromises needed to be made, on either size, or materials available, or even with the orientations of prints in order to get the types of industrial output needed for enterprise applications. We simply asked ourselves, how could we deliver a final outcome that rivalled all aspects of an industrial printer, with the simplicity of a desktop.

Challenging high RRP of large-volume industrial machines currently on the market, Wave3D is proposing a price point of $60,000. The company has completed its first commercial and demonstration models which will be manufactured on a small scale as part of a pilot programme. Wave3D says that pre-orders have already been placed and it is now actively seeking partnerships and investment to develop and scale production as it prepares to launch.

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There is a new SLA 3D printer being announced almost every month now through Kickstarter, IndieGoGo or other sources. For anyone who is looking for a reliable 3D printer, t may be quite difficult to choose between what is available, what can be currently ordered and what the final result may look like since rarely a manufacturer will post practical models in detail unless they have been screened, checked and polished for the consumer to see. Resolution, quality and speed specifications are very loosely thrown around by most wannabe manufacturers, neglecting the real application or final result which their product may actually provide.

To help you choose the best possible option for your next SLA 3D Printing project we have selected 4 manufacturers with the most promising and reliable results based on the price, popularity, build quality and upgradeability of their product. The below SLA 3D printers were chosen as closely to their application, size and result as possible and within the same category of 3D printing.

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Print speed, volume, and cost are the three major obstacles 3D printing has been humbled with for years now. The UNIZ Slash 3D printer addresses all three of these in a very convincing manner.

The SLASH seems like it could be a game-changer if it delivers, and wed all love to see 3D printing speed up for all of us sooner rather than later. 3dprintingindustry.com

Are you frustrated with the low speed and high failure rate of laser 3D printers when printing large solid objects? Do you dream of having the speed, resolution, and reliability of a truly professional 3D printer on your desktop? Weve created an advanced and easy-to-use system that rivals the output of industrial 3D printers at a fraction of the cost.

SLASH is an ultra-high resolution, super fast, liquid crystal display (LCD) contact exposure 3D printer, designed with the goal of achieving high-quality 3D prints without sacrificing speed or user friendliness. SLASH performs at the same level of precision and speed as industrial 3D printers while maintaining affordability for everyday consumers. With easy-to-use software that supports a variety of desktop and mobile platforms and cloud integration for sharing and publishing your creations, high-quality 3D printing has never been more accessible.

By industrial standard, the3D printingspeed is defined as how much volume can be turned into solid per unit time. Traditionally, low-cost 3D printers are slow due to their inefficient methods of rendering 3D objects. Plastic (FDM/FFF) and laser SLA printers are among the slowest because of their need to essentially trace out an entire model line-by-line. A better way to construct a 3D object geometrically is to project each slice onto a liquid bath and render it one layer at a time. Digital Light Processing (DLP) and LCD printers work in this way and as a result are the fastest desktop 3D printers to date.

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Although a lesser known brand, Ilios 3D has been around for more than 8 years now, starting their work in January of 2008. Ilios 3D may be considered one of the most original and innovative 3D Printing manufacturers as their approach to 3D printing from the very beginning was very unique based on the always mentioned double sided Lift platform and an extremely rigid, ball bearing spindle assemblies. Many scientific papers mention Ilios 3D in one form or another as the company seems to help and build custom solutions for research purposes in the fields of Microfluidics, Bioengineering and others. Every iteration of the Ilios 3D printer family brought vast improvements in the build quality as well as application of their machines, starting from a very basic 3D printer for general use and finishing with a robotic masterpiece like the Ilios Ray. Their initial products consisted of SLA 3D Printer kits which even today can be upgraded and brought to the same standard as their latest UV DLP 3D Printer called the Photon 2.

Ilios Photon 2 just like every other product from Ilios 3D is built entirely from metal parts, including its frame, lift assembly and all moving parts. The 3D Printer is described as a Flex & Backlash Free system which is capable of resolutions of 6 microns on its Z axis which it most probably can deliver since there isnt a single component within the 3D printer design which could bend, flex or deviate during a long print.

The UV DLP projection system of the Ilios Photon 2 3D printer can be upgraded from a 1280p default setup up to a full 1080p replacement. The Variable resolution the Photon 2 can provide, allows the user to not just print with the fixed resolution of the projector but automatically lower it to a smaller build size but much greater pixel density, all in the same setup.

As an additional bonus, the Photon 2 can be upgraded to a Servo based setup to achieve layer resolutions of 1 micron or lower.

As most of the Ilios 3D products, the Photon 2 can be upgraded and improved even after the initial purchase, leaving you with a good investment, without the need to replace the machine but upgrade it with new capabilities and functions in the future.

The base specifications of the Ilios Phton 2 are:

Build speed: 3 10 seconds per layer (depending on material)

Minimum Layer Thickness: 6 microns 0.006mm

Minimum Feature size: 70 microns 30 microns depending on the projection used

Connectivity: WiFi, Ethernet, USB Storage, SD Card

One of the most popular brands, thanks to their aggressive marketing and KickStarter campaign currently known as Formlabs was founded in September of 2011 and is known for their Form 1 and Form 2 SLA 3D printers. The Form 1 and 2 3D printers are sold mainly with the Formlabs proprietary materials which are suited for many different applications based on what is available in their shop. The company does claim to support 3rdparty materials although which ones, is not mentioned on their website. After a very successful KickStarter campaign, the initial Form 1 SLA 3D printer was a very good machine and was a great competitor among other brands available at that time. The Form 1 is available even now at a much lower price than the newly released Form 2 3D Printer.

The Form 2 3D printer features a typical Galvo configuration with the beamer under the build plate and a single sided Lift assembly to keep costs and footprint low. The Sliding mechanism featured in the new design although not new (as it was initially developed in 3D Systems products as well as the B9 3D printer), provides an additional step for a clean separation of the model from the VAT surface as well as the agitating arm which constantly keeps the material in motion.

Form 2 comes with many proprietary consumables for cleaning, removing and post-curing the final model. Additionally the 3D printer can use material cartridges from Formlabs as well as previously mentioned ability to use 3rdparty resins.

The specifications of the Form 2 are:

As the youngest listing in our comparison we chose the XFAB 3D printer from WDS Labs. The XFAB 3D printer was initially released at CES in 2015 and has a very similar if not identical in design to the Form 1 or Form 2 3D printers from Formlabs. The main difference of the XFAB 3D printer from Formlabs is its unusual circular build area of 180mm in diameter which uses a similar sliding of the VAT during each layer detachment to reduce forces created after each layer solidifies.

The XFAB boasts and very impressive 10 microns layer resolution, which is noted to be available only down to 60 microns with their proprietary materials. The feature resolution is stated much larger if not almost double than the Form 2 at 250 microns.

As an additional feature, the XFAB uses a very original Lift plate design to keep models attached to it during a long print and ensuring that there is no warping or model deformation while each layer is created.

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