Shapeways announced the addition of Stereolithography (SL) to its self-serve portfolio. One of the first 3D printing technologies developed, SL technology delivers high resolution and detail for visual prototypes, as well as a smooth surface with limited layer lines regardless of size.
SL can produce large parts and handle short-run production and mass customization needs. While the large format SL has similar surface qualities to other resin based technologies within the Shapeways portfolio, it supports the development of larger parts.
At launch, the materials available for Shapeways’ customers via SL will include three acrylate-based materials:
Accura 60: A clear, durable plastic for quickly producing rigid and strong parts with the aesthetics of molded polycarbonate (PC). Accura 60 is suitable for many general-use applications including tough prototypes, display models, lighting components and fluid flow visualization models.
Accura Xtreme: An ultra-tough grey plastic that resists breakage and handles challenging functional assemblies. Similar to polypropylene and ABS, Accura Xtreme is impact resistant, durable and has great dimensional accuracy. Applications include: snap-fit assemblies, enclosures for consumer and electronic products, master patterns for vacuum casting and general purpose prototyping.
Accura Xtreme 200: A durable white plastic with good dimensional accuracy and aesthetics to replace CNC-machined polypropylene and ABS articles. It offers high elongation at break, high impact strength and quality stiffness and durability. Accura Xtreme 200 can be used on parts that must stand up to the harshest, most demanding environments and even drill/tap applications. Recommended for similar applications as Accura Xtreme including: form, fit and function prototypes, enclosures for consumer electronic components, general purpose prototyping, master patterns for silicone molding and more.