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Enhanced resolution of stereolithography
Author(s): Jouni P. Partanen
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Paper Abstract

The stereolithography (SL) process has benefited from many advances in the last four to five years. These include new resins with reduced shrinkage and curl distortion, enhanced software, and improved scanning techniques. One can produce highly accurate parts for most dimensions with a few mils of the design value as shown in numerous accuracy and benchmarking studies. SLA systems use a laser beam focused to a spot size of 200-250 micrometers . This limits the range of applications where SL can provide accurate models to parts which do not contain very small features i.e. wall thickness values less than about 300 micrometers . Industries that manufacture products involving components with small features include electronics and medical. In this presentation we describe an extension of the SL technology to applications involving small features. This capability is achieved by reducing the laser focal spot size in an SLA-250 to 75 micrometers . The technological principle behind the spot size reduction is described in the representation, together with process issues and applications of the technology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 January 1997
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2910, Rapid Product Development Technologies, (9 January 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.263340
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Jouni P. Partanen, 3D Systems (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2910:
Rapid Product Development Technologies
Pierre Boulanger, Editor(s)

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