stereolithography(redirected from Stererolithographic apparatus)
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A three-dimensional printing process whereby a CAD drawing of a part is processed to create a file of the part in slices and the part is constructed one slice (or layer) at a time (from bottom to top) by depositing layer upon layer of material (usually a liquid resin that can be hardened using a scanning laser), used for rapid prototyping.
stereolithographyThe first 3D printing technology. Pioneered by Chuck Hull of 3D Systems, stereolithography (SL) uses a liquid photopolymer that is cured one layer at a time with a UV laser. Stereolithography is used to make parts as large as 20" x 20" x 24", and engineers and industrial designers envision myriad applications for this process. See 3D printing.
|SL for the Consumer|
|Stereolithography (SL) was brought down to the consumer level in 2012 by Formlabs with its Form 1 3D printer. In this example, an Eiffel tower is being created by beaming the laser up through the liquid photopolymer tray and curing one layer at a time. (Top image courtesy of Formlabs, www.formlabs.com)|