Stereolithography

Stereolithography

Stereolithography – Fast, Accurate Prototypes

 

High Resolution Rapid Prototyping Process

Stereolithography is one of the oldest and most accurate additive manufacturing technologies, and is employed widely across a range of industries such as medical devices, defence, automotive, architectural, film and manufacturing. It is a 3D printing technique used to create objects both large and small in a layer-by-layer fashion, by curing a liquid photopolymer resin with a UV laser to create a solid object. Also known as SLA, Stereolithography is a highly sought-after rapid prototyping process, as it creates high-quality, dimensionally accurate prototypes quickly and at an affordable cost.

Offering excellent surface quality, the Stereolithography process is ideal for aesthetic models for early market testing or for product photography.

The ability to create complex parts which can be difficult to produce using traditional manufacturing methods, means the stereolithography process is used to create prototypes for engineering verification, for wind tunnel testing and for fit and function testing.

“LPE has over 25 years of experience converting designs into fully functional prototype components.”

At LPE we offer a USP Grade VI approved stereolithography material called ‘watershed’ which can receive ISO13485 medical grade clean up. This allows us to produce parts which can be used in medical device applications.

Stereolithography parts can be produced in a wide selection of functional materials with extremely high-resolution features and quality surface finishes. LPE offers a range of seven functional materials and we work with you to help find the right material for your specific project requirements.

Do you require ‘show and tell’ parts to enable the validation of concept ideas and ergonomic testing? Or complex parts that are highly accurate and detailed? Just let us know, and even if you have a short lead time, we will do our utmost to deliver your prototype in the time you need it.

 

Key Features of LPE’s Stereolithography Services

 

• Cost effective• Creation of complex parts
• Fast turnaround• Quality surface finishes
• Highly accurate and finely-detailed parts• Large range of functional materials, including a USP Grade VI approved material for medical applications, black material and polished clear material
• Fully functioning prototypes• Team of experienced in-house traditional model makers and a full spray-painting booth
• High resolution parts available• Full suite of finishing and painting services including tapping and inserts
• Capable of printing large parts (maximum bed size 650mm x 750mm x550mm)• Wide range of applications

 

A Trusted Stereolithography Partner

LPE are an ISO 9001 & 13485 approved supplier, with over 30 years of industry experience. We are a supplier of 3D Printed components to both large and small organisations across the UK & Ireland. LPE is ideally positioned to meet the needs of both organisations and private designers.

Our in-house additive manufacturing facilities consist of five state-of-the-art machines, utilising the latest in 3D printing technologies to provide you with the highest possible specification. Learn more about our capabilities below.

 

Contact Us

If you require any further information or simply wish to contact us about our Stereolithography Services do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

 

Materials

Continually investing in the very latest Stereolithography materials, LPE offers a comprehensive SLA material range simulating a wide range of production plastics including:

 

  • Flexible PP
  • High Clarity PC
  • High Temperature Ceramic Filled
  • ABS – Gray
  • Water Clear ABS
  • ABS – Black
  • High Temperature – NanoParticle Filled

 

For further information & datasheets visit the Sterolithography Materials page.
 

Machines

Running some of very latest Rapid Prototyping technology, including the iPro8000 and the Viper Si2 machine, LPE is ideally positioned to meet the needs of both large blue chip organisations and private designers.

iPro 8000
Largest Stereolithography machine in the UK & Ireland with a build capacity of 650 x 750 x 550mm

Viper Si2
Ideal for both standard and High Resolution builds, with a choice of 6 SLA materials available.

3500 Machine
Larger capacity SLA machine with builds available in Ceramic Filled and ABS-like materials.

250 Machine
Good quality builds with a choice of 4 SLA materials.

5000 Machine
Fast Building, Accurate large frame machine building ABS type materials.

 

Finishes

With a team of traditional model makers working in-house, combined with a full scale spray painting booth, LPE can meet a wide range of finishing requirements including;

 

  • Standard (removal of support structures & build lines)
  • Painted – Pantone/RAL colour matching
  • Matt
  • Satin
  • Spark – Fine/Medium
  • Tinted/Gloss
  • Polished to Water-clear
  • Metal Plating

 

Applications

From connectors to car bumpers, LPE offers an unparalled range of materials allowing for snap fits, optical clarity, medical testing and high temperature applications. Some of the most common applications of Stereoltihography include;

 

  • Fit and Function Testing
  • Aesthetic Models
  • High Temperature Models
  • Product Photography
  • Medical Models
  • Wind Tunnel Testing
  • Master Patterns for Silicon Rubber Moulds

 

Why LPE?

Short Lead Times:

Typical lead times for Stereolithography are 3-5 working days unless otherwise stated.

Wide range of materials: 

With 7 tough, functional Stereolithography materials held in stock, LPE can help you find the right material to ensure your prototype model closely represents the final production part.

Tight Tolerances: 

With a standard SLA tolerance of 0.15/100mm LPE can also provide High Resolution builds with a tolerance of 0.1/100mm.

Expert, Impartial Advice: 

As the longest established bureau in the UK and Ireland with an in-house Stereolithography machine, LPE has over 25 years experience converting customers designs into fully functional prototype components and with a wide range of services available, we offer impartial advice tailored to your individual project requirements.

Committed to Customer Service: 

An ISO 9001 & 13485 approved supplier, LPE consistently work towards excellence of both part quality and customer service. We endeavour to provide a fast, professional response to all customer enquiries and carefully monitor quality throughout the production process.

Rapid Delivery: 

LPE work with local couriers to offer free Next Day Delivery on all orders. For time sensitive projects speak to the sales team about A.M. and Saturday delivery.