Technology

Stereolithography

Stereolithography is one of the most widely used 3D printing technologies. Its impeccable surface quality, ability to produce fine details, and wide selection of materials make it ideal for high-quality visual models and prototypes, complex aesthetic parts, and masters for techniques like vacuum casting and lost wax casting.

Close-up view of a geometrical, 3D-printed chair seat from a 3D-printed prototype of a customized, futuristic-looking wheelchair, using multiple 3D printing materials. The seat is lattice-structured and made of a translucent gray resin.

Why work with Materialise Manufacturing?

With unrivaled expertise in stereolithography, your project is in safe hands. We help you take full advantage of the flexibility, design freedom, and speed of 3D printing to meet your needs, and thanks to our patented Mammoth printers, you can even print parts up to two meters long in a single build. Our NextDay service, available for selected materials and finishes when you order online, means your model can be on your desk within 24 hours. 

Discover applications of stereolithography

A black 3D-printed racing-style steering wheel made in Taurus using stereolithography.
Taurus’s low porosity and dark color make it a good material choice for automotive prototyping, especially in a production environment.
Prototype of a new design of glass bottle printed in TuskXC2700W
Glass packaging manufacturer Verallia chose SLA material TuskXC2700T for a high-end prototype of a distinctive new olive oil bottle.
Prototype of a car headlight, with transparent parts printed in TuskXC2700T
The high resolution and smooth surface of TuskXC2700T makes it an ideal choice for protyping transparent parts like this Aston Martin headlight.
Close-up showing intricate detail of the inside of a model of Antwerp City Hall
Choosing stereolithography for this 1.7 m wide replica of Antwerp's city hall allowed designers to recreate a strikingly accurate model, even down to the intricate woodwork.
The corner of a red, textured 3D-printed Samsonite suitcase made using stereolithography.
Materialise engineers used SLA to print several pieces of Samsonsite's 55 cm S’Cure prototype, which is now mass-produced in Europe.

Technical specifications

Maximum build dimensions

Dimensions are unlimited as components may be composed of several sub-parts.

The maximum build envelope is 2,100 x 700 x 800 mm

Standard accuracy

±0.2% (with a lower limit on ±0.2 mm)

Layer thickness
  • Standard: 0.1 mm
  • NextDay online orders: 0.125 – 0.2 mm (material dependent)
Minimum wall thickness

1 – 3 mm

Surface structure

Unfinished parts typically have a smooth surface with visible building layers; various post-production finishes are possible

Materials

Choose from a broad selection of materials when you come to Materialise for your stereolithography projects.

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