SLA (Stereolithography)

3D printing with Stereolithography (SLA)

Designers and engineers prefer SLA because of the accuracy, surface finish and wide variety of materials available.

If you are in the early stages of product development, consider SLA as the most cost-effective testing method for complex geometries during early prototype development.


What is Stereolithography printing?

The 3D printing SLA process builds parts layer by layer to form a complete 3D object direct from 3D CAD data via an .STL file. The process employs a solid-state laser, which traces the required shape across the surface of a vat containing photopolymer – solidifying the layer of material it contacts.

3D printing with Stereolithography (SLA)

Benefits of using SLA for 3D Printing

SLA printed parts produce higher resolution parts than any other process. Moreover, during the printing process, less force is applied to the model, ensuring that the surface finish is smooth. When intricacy and surface finish are imperative, SLA is the right process for your project.

  • Smooth surface finish
  • Reduced lead times
  • Precise
  • High tolerances
  • Low cost
  • Wide variety of materials and post-processing options


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Common usage of Stereolithography

SLA is predominantly used for designer appearance models, exhibition models, rapid prototyping of consumer goods, master patterns for vacuum casting, investment casting patterns, jigs and fixures, as well as proof-of-concept prototypes.

This extremely versatile process delivers results required by most industries, including: medical, aerospace, mechanical, automotive, architectural, marine and defence.

SLA paint & finishing options

The sky really is the limit for your SLA part. From the colour, texture or design effect, Ogle’s dedicated paint facility with a full-sized finished booth 6.25 x 3.9 x 2.5m and highly-skilled team create stunning and visually accurate models and prototypes to within +0.05mm of the design.

Why choose Ogle’s SLA 3D printing service?

The combination of high-tech rapid prototyping techniques, traditional bench skills and customer-driven project management, ensures you receive quality prototypes and parts, on time, every time.

“Having worked with Ogle over many years they were a natural choice. We are extremely impressed with the Ogle model and are very excited about what it could mean for airlines in the future.”

– Chrys Chrysostomou, Director of Design & Manufacturing, Flightweight

How do Ogle deliver for SLA projects?

  • In-house stereolithography machines at Ogle include: NEO 800, iPro 8000 and two Vipers. The maximum build volume is 800 x 800 x 600mm.
  • Materials for SLA include, but are not limited to: EvoLVe 128, SLA ClearVue and SLA Xtreme White
  • If your project requires a different material, just ask the team and they will quickly source alternatives


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