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The Basics of Stereolithography: Benefits, Limitations, and Buying Guide

The Basics of Stereolithography: Benefits, Limitations, and Buying Guide

Written by David

March 15, 2019

Nowadays, 3D printing, as it is known in the mainstream, seems to be limited to Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology. After all, the public image of 3D printing seems to be pretty set as a machine depositing melted filament to build a model.

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However, there is a technique that is even older and just as reliable as FDM. Stereolithography, or SLA, is an additive manufacturing technology that is similarly capable of creating fully customized 3D models.

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How does SLA work and how does it compare to FDM? Are there desktop SLA printers and how much do they cost? What is stereolithography? Stereolithography (SLA) was a term coined by Chuck Hull when he applied for a patent in 1984, which was then granted in 1986. However, the development of the technology of SLA had been started in the 1970s, making it the oldest 3D printing technique. The abbreviation ‘SLA’ technically […]

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