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A Giant Leap Forward in 3D Printing

What’s that cool new orange machine in the Maker Space?  It’s a sterolithography printer!

What’s a stereolithography (SLA for short) printer?  According to Wikipedia, “Stereolithography is a form of 3D printing technology used for creating models, prototypes, patterns, and production parts in a layer by layer fashion using photochemical processes by which light causes chemical monomers and oligomers to cross-link together to form polymers.”

Huh?

In short, stereolithography (SLA) is a form of Vat Polymerization printing. SLA machines work by solidifying resin into a part, layer-by-layer.

The resin can have a variety of properties, but the most important factor is that they are UV-sensitive. This allows the 3D printer to use a special laser, selectively curing areas of resin to build the part.

For the gamer or hobbiest, SLA printing is perfect for minuscule details and delicate miniatures.  Print your favorite action figures, game pieces or figurines and wow your family and friends.

Visit the Maker Space for more information on the coolest new form of 3D printing.

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