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Many businesses use both FDM and SLA machines alongside one another. This opens access to a wider range of applications supported by low-cost rapid prototyping, high quality, functional parts, and comprehensive material formulations.

 

As an FDM user, we’re giving you up to £400​ off the Form 3 to expand your fleet.

 

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Why should I consider an SLA printer?

Improved Surface Finish

SLA is a great option for highly detailed prototypes requiring tight tolerances and smooth  surfaces, such as molds, patterns, and functional parts. SLA is widely used in a range of  industries from engineering and product design to manufacturing, dentistry, jewelry,  model making, and education and is known for its fine features, smooth surface finish,  ultimate part precision, and accuracy.

Access to Applications and Increased Material Selection

FDM 3D printers work with a range of standard thermoplastics, such as ABS, PLA, and  their various blends. Engineering materials, such as Nylon, PETG, PA, or TPU and  high-performance thermoplastics like PEEK or PEI are also available, but often limited to  selected professional FDM printers that support them. SLA resins have the benefit of a wide range of formulation configurations: materials can  be soft or hard, heavily filled with materials like glass and ceramic, or imbued with  mechanical properties like high heat deflection temperature or impact resistance.  Various resin formulations offer a wide range of optical, mechanical, and thermal  properties to match those of standard, engineering, and industrial thermoplastics.

Faster Speed Increases Throughput

FDM machines can print with thicker layers and generally use a lower infill which results  in fast 3D prints. FDM also has fewer post-processing steps for simple parts. Depending  on the project, this means that prints are ready to use soon after they have finished. This is ideal for applications like rapid prototyping, where it allows users to quickly evaluate  success and move on to another print or project.    LFS printing materials such as Draft Resin prints up to 40% faster than FDM 3D printers.  With a 300-micron layer height, Draft Resin is accurate enough to meet prototyping  needs while enabling faster design iterations. Models that take up the entire build  volume of an LFS printer can take up to 20 hours to print in standard materials and may  require printing overnight. Printing the same part at 300-micron layers with Draft Resin  takes less than six hours.