Years after its inception, stereolithography (SLA) is still the leading method for producing high-tolerance and accurately detailed master patterns and rapid prototypes. Though lots of choices for 3D printing have emerged over the last three decades, designers and engineers most often prefer to use SLA as their primary choice for a prototype.
At Forecast3D, we utilize the latest in both large-format and high-resolution SLA equipment and resins to generate 3D models virtually overnight from your CAD data. We also offer a broad variety of resins to suit your SLA Rapid Prototyping needs. Beyond our broad resin selection, we keep a variety of leading SLA machines. Our high-resolution Viper machine offers SLA parts at .002" layer thickness, while our large-format Viper Pro has the ability to build the largest single part builds available.
While many companies have found that today’s machines and material capabilities allow for short-run additive manufacturing, the idea of using unique post processes has allowed for production parts suitable for the Medical and Aerospace fields. On SLA parts we have employed chrome plating, vacuum metallization, specialized multi-coat painting, texturized surfacing and even machining in an effort to produce the finest model available.
Keeping an open mind to new resins and machines is something with which our experienced SLA staff prides itself. This same staff of veteran SLA operators and technicians is trusted to operate, maintain and calibrate all of our SLA systems, allowing for little to no downtime in our operations.
The PolyJet process is very similar to the stereolithography (SLA) process but utilizes a laser jet type print head to deposit materials additively. It’s extremely high detail, fast build speed and quality parts make it a great choice for quick prototypes and master patterns for ProCast RTV master patterns.
- Visual models with fine details & smooth surfaces
- Rubber-like prototypes
- Multi-material parts
- Parts to match specific Shore A values
- Masters for ProCast RTV patterns