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Rapid 3D Molding/Prototyping with 3D Printing

With SLA, rapid 3D molding/prototyping can be realized even in situations that require parts with fine details and complicated shapes. Get a quote now.

Use SLA from X Rapid Technologies for the most efficient 3D printing or 3D molding

A single unnoticed error in a prototype can lead to a big massacre. That's why SLA 3D prototyping and 3D molding from X Rapid Technologies is important to understand every drawback of a product.

Prototyping is one of the most important steps of manufacturing any product. One cannot ignore a single drawback in a prototype, and that's why 3D molding is getting more popular as it allows manufacturers to understand every tiny flaw of a device compared to traditional molding. With 3D prototyping, one can understand every part and its functionality without any confusion, as with 3D prototyping, one can look through every portion and get better observation scopes. Rapid 3D prototype is beneficial for your product in several ways. Let's discuss how.

How is rapid 3D prototyping beneficial in the manufacturing industry? 

Nothing gives you more scope to understand the modification requirements than your final product. Rapid 3D prototyping eases that work and helps you to understand the micro details. Let's discuss the benefits of rapid 3D prototyping

Rapid 3D prototyping reduces development cost

3D prototyping helps you to turn your concepts into a test subject efficiently and quickly. It prevents material wastage and eventually lowers your production cost. A 3D molding at an early stage stops you from wasting your time and finance on materials that may not be needed. 

Rapid 3D prototyping allows functionality test

With 3D molding you would not only be able to test the functionality of your final product but also you can understand the details more than traditional prototyping methods. Rapid 3D prototyping allows you to tune your device and unleash the features that need a little more investment.

Rapid 3D prototyping to prevent product failures

A rapid 3D prototyping allows manufacturers to understand every hazard in that product, including tiny errors and micro-level drawbacks. It eventually helps to prevent future product failures. 3D prototyping allows you to test the product in every way possible; the chances of massacres are quite low.

Rapid 3D prototyping to improve the users' experience

With rapid 3D prototyping, you will be able to understand the user experience with that product. 3D molding allows manufacturers to examine every small detail and offer complex geometrical structures such as walls, corners, etc. so that nothing remains unnoticed.

3D molding to improve the design

3D molding allows manufacturers to see the design and development plan as a complete product. It helps them to reduce the hardware complexions and improve the look of the device. 3D molding also allows us to understand the inner device technical arrangements. 

SLA - The 3D molding technique getting more famous in the manufacturing industry

Stereolithography apparatus (SLA) is a 3D prototyping technique that is getting more famous over the days. This technique offers manufacturers the 3D print of small features with a smooth print surface. 3D prototyping technology produces parts directly from a CAD file by using less manufacturing time. This delivers fine details of complex geometrical shapes via rapid 3D prototyping. In SLA 3D prototyping, one can use several materials such as transparent resin, casting resin, gum resin. It is the best option for finely detailed and complex parts. 

Where to get an efficient Rapid 3d prototyping service? 

By using Stereolithography apparatus technology, X Rapid Technologies offer all kinds of surface finishing to Rapid 3D prototyping parts. We serve our customers with high-quality 3D molding so that they can kick start their projects. We make sure to deliver our customers efficient and high-quality outcomes through our service. Contact us today for further discussions. 

SLA (stereolithography apparatus), one of the most widespread 3D printing or 3D molding techniques, is an additive manufacturing process that can print parts layer by layer. The printed parts are with small features, tight dimensional tolerance requirements, and a smooth print surface.

Via 3DSystems Viper SLA machines, our SLA technicians produce high-quality, high-detailed, and complex geometrical 3D moldings. We provide excellent customer service for 3D molding. Also, X Rapid Technologies offers all kinds of surface finishing to SLA rapid 3D prototyping parts, including painting, bead blasting, electroplating, etc.

How does SLA 3D printing work?

SLA working principle

Under the control of the control system, an ultraviolet laser beam emitted by helium-cadmium laser or argon ion laser scans the surface of the photosensitive resin point-by-point based on the layered cross-sectional information of the parts. So that the thin layer of resin in the scanned area cures due to photopolymerization reaction, forming a thin layer. 

After a layer is cured, the working table is moved down a distance of a layer's thickness. So that a new layer of liquid resin goes onto the original cured resin surface, and the scraper scrapes the viscous resin surface flat. The next layer is scanned and processed. The newly cured layer is firmly bonded to the previous layer, and so on until the whole part is manufactured and 3D molding is finished.

SLA working processes

· Preparation

Before the SLA printing begins, 3D molding should be programmed through CAD. The purpose is to convert the original design, determine the placement orientation, apply supports and slice the model using discrete procedures, design the scanning path, and generate data that will precisely control the movement of the laser scanner and the lifting table. In other words, it is to prepare data for printing.

· Printing

The printing is performed on the light-curing equipment or a printer. Before printing, it is necessary to start the light-curing equipment beforehand to ensure that the resin material reaches a proper temperature. The laser needs a stabilization time after ignition. Once the equipment is running normally, we start the control system. The process of light curing of the stacked layers is done automatically under the system's control. And it stops automatically after all the stacked layers are done.

· Finishing

After the 3D molding is done, we remove it from the printer. Sanding is the most widely used finishing to remove possible layer marks. Other finishings like bead blasting, painting, and silk screening will be done per the customer's requirements.

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Fast Lead Time

SLA rapid 3D prototyping produces parts directly from a CAD file without any cutting tools and molds, thus shortening the manufacturing time.

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Perfect Solution for Complicated Parts

Parts can be created with finely detailed features (thin walls, sharp corners, etc.) and complicated geometrical shapes via SLA rapid 3D prototyping.

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Special Material Available

Many particular materials can be used in SLA rapid 3D prototyping, such as transparent resin, casting resin, gum resin.

Material Options

Photopolymer Resins such as Huntsman RenShape and SOMOS Next

3D Printing FAQs

In addition to SLA, SLS is another widely used 3D printing technique. Besides, there are many other rapid 3D prototyping services including CNC machining, vacuum casting, sheet metal fabrication, etc.

Yes. SLA rapid 3D prototyping parts can also be secondary treated. There may be layer marks if not post-treated. They can be removed by sanding. The finishings available to SLA 3D moldings include sanding, bead blasting, painting, dyeing, silk screening, electroplating, etc.

The general tolerance of SLA 3D moldings is +/- 0.1mm. 

The costs of SLA 3D moldings are usually based on the weight of the raw material powders.

SLA 3D printing can be very fast. In case of urgent projects, it can be as quick as 1 day. Normally, it will take 2-3 days or more depending on the quantities and finishings.