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4 Reasons Why Stereolithography Is Perfect For Prototyping

Speed – As time is a critical factor for most design and engineering teams, stereolithography allows for functional prototypes to be manufactured in less than a day.

Size – Maximum size of prototypes that can be built using stereolithography technology is 25.6 in. x 29.5 in. x 19.6 in. If prototypes are larger than the machine can handle in one run, they can be easily sectioned and welded together seamlessly.

Surface Finish – Stereolithography machines can achieve surface finish higher than most other additive manufacturing technologies. Tolerances of ± .010 in./in. on prototypes less than 2.5 inches and ± .004 in./in. on prototypes that are greater than 2.5 inches can be typically achieved.

Materials – Stereolithography offers a number of plastic-like materials which are ideal for high strength applications. Most common examples include ABS-like, flex which is polypropylene-like and water clear. Sterelithography manufactured prototypes are also commonly used as master patterns for silicon tooling in the vacuum casting process.

Read more about the stereolithography process in our learning lounge section.

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