Stereo Lithography Apparatus or SLA 3D printers are the original types of resin printer. SLA printers use an ultraviolet laser to cure a photosensitive resin. The approach was first proposed in the late 1970s and then patented in the early 80s. While FDM 3D printing was the first technology to break into the home market because it was easier to market at affordable prices, SLA … [Read more...] about 3D Printing Basics: What Is SLA 3D Printing?
In FDM 3D printing, heat is a constant issue that needs to be balanced. You need the right temperature for so many things, and if it's too high or too low you can face a broad range of issues. In some cases, you can even find that adjusting the heat enough to fix one issue can cause another. One of the many thermal issues you can face is called “heat creep”. This is where the he … [Read more...] about 3D Printing Basics: Heat Creep
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It is always a good idea to prepare for the possibility of a fire, so you have the equipment to handle it and don’t panic. This is especially the case when you’ve got equipment that can get extremely hot. 3D printers generally print at between 150 and 250 °C depending on the material being used. This is definitely hot enough to be dangerous, and that’s before you consider any ot … [Read more...] about 3D Printing Basics: Fire Safety Measures
Thermal runaway protection is exactly what it sounds like. It's a protection system against a situation where your printer heats up uncontrollably. To understand this risk, it’s useful to understand how a 3D printer is supposed to manage its temperature. We highly advise that you test if thermal runaway protection is enabled and functioning on your printer. … [Read more...] about 3D Printing Basics: Thermal Runaway Protection
One of the aspects that is important to consider when 3D printing is safety. With traditional FDM printing, this primarily relates to fire safety and air quality. Thankfully, fire safety is not really an issue due to the lack of hot parts. The situation is slightly different with SLA and MSLA resin printers, though. Unfortunately, you have to be careful with the actual resins, … [Read more...] about 3D Printing Basics: Personal Safety from Toxic Resins
Several things are helpful to consider when buying filaments. Several things are helpful to consider when buying filaments. 3D printing can be a fun hobby, but several things can be frustrating. This can especially be the case if you’re a newcomer and didn’t know that the issue you face was something you had to look out forIf you don’t keep these things in mind; they can come ba … [Read more...] about 3D Printing Basics: Things to Consider Before Buying Filaments
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SLA and MSLA resin printers both work by hardening a photosensitive resin with a UV light source. The printer then adjusts the build plate and hardens the next layer. This technique has several advantages over standard FDM 3D printing. Both SLA and MSLA printers offer significantly higher resolution than FDM printers, allowing for smooth prints with smaller fine details. … [Read more...] about 3D Printing Basics: Should You Get a Curing Station for Resin Prints?