SLA – your most frequently asked questions

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Your most commonly asked questions on SLA answered

Do you have a minimum charge for your SLA technology?

Yes. Our minimum order charge is £35

How does SLA technology work?

Stereolithography (SLA) or (SL) is an additive manufacturing process that creates three-dimensional objects by curing liquid photopolymer resin layer by layer using ultraviolet light. SLA is actually the oldest additive manufacturing technique and one of the most popular in industrial settings.

What is the finest wall thickness you can achieve with your SLA technology?

0.008 in. (0.2 mm) in X & Y† /  |     0.016 in. (0.4mm) in Z†.

Please note: Minimum feature size will vary depending on material, parameters, part geometry and size, pre- & post-processing methods and environment.  

What is the biggest bed size you can print with for SLA?

Our largest SLA build volume is 800 x 800 x 600mm

How do I know if I need FDM, PolyJet or SLA?

This is something we can help you with. If you give one of or technical team members a call on 01782 757320 they will discuss what you require of your part and advise accordingly.

Is SLA suited for the manufacturing floor?

Yes, SLA parts are regularly used for high accuracy jig, fixtures, mould tools, casting patterns etc.

Can SLA models be smoothed and finished after?

SLA parts are produced with a smooth surface. However, they can be polished to enhance the surface further.

Is SLA faster than FDM?

There isn’t a definitive answer to this. There would be many things to take in to consideration, size of part, geometry, part material, support systems and removal, post processing etc. All of these factors can impact the start to finish process in either technology.