Shapeways Introduces SLA Materials for Visual Prototypes

3D printing service’s newest materials designed to enable higher resolution and smoother surfaces for the creation of visual parts.

3D printing service’s newest materials designed to enable higher resolution and smoother surfaces for the creation of visual parts.

Shapeways, a 3D printing service, announces the addition of stereolithography (SLA) to its self-serve portfolio. SLA technology offers higher resolution and detail for visual prototypes, as well as a smoother surface with limited layer lines regardless of size. While the large-format SLA has similar surface qualities to other resin based technologies within the Shapeways portfolio, it supports the development of much larger parts.

At launch, the materials available for Shapeways’ customers via SLA 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: A tough gray 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. Ideal 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 dimensional accuracy and aesthetics to replace CNC-machined polypropylene and ABS articles. It offers high elongation at break, high impact strength and stiffness and durability. 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.

“At Shapeways, we want to ensure our customers are empowered with the tools to take their innovations and creativity to the next level, and with that comes the ability to scale,” says Greg Kress, CEO of Shapeways. “We’re excited to introduce SLA to further diversify our range of materials, so as to meet each product’s specific need.”

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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