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Why is CLIP so much faster than SLA?

It's important to understand what specifically is being compared. CLIP is much faster than bottom-up technologies that require a peel step between every layer. For example, the Form1 galvo SLA printer ...
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SLA prints not sticking to build plate

Prints could end up on tray for couple of reasons. Vacuum force on early layers - Usually you should lose pieces on the center of platform Put holes or channels on platform Very slow speed on early ...
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Best way to deal with Resin Printers in your living space

One of the options you have would be to create a negative pressure in your working area. This would be accomplished by installing a fan with the flow direction to the outside. The inside portion of ...
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How does a UV LCD 3D resin printer work?

I'm surprised your research hasn't answered your question, as the concept is relatively simple. You have most of the answer in the question. The missing item is a light source. Usually the source is ...
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Using heat-set inserts with SLA printed part

The plastic used in SLA printing is what is known as a thermoset plastic, as opposed to the thermoplastic plastics used in FDM printing. What this means, is that it can not be melted. The reaction ...
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Toxicity of Light-curing resin?

While you probably cannot find an MSDS on the resin for your printer (yet), they are out there for other resin based printers. Here's a generic MSDS on one for Objet RGD515: It's not a pretty thing. ...
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Best way to deal with Resin Printers in your living space

First things first: Resin is very aggressive. It can very easily make you hypersensitive, even to the fumes of it. So step 1 is easy: Limit exposure Wear gloves when working with resin. As you live ...
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What materials would be appropriate for pool parts (chlorine & UV exposure) using SLA or FDM?

Have you thought about using ASA filament? ASA filament is very strong. ASA filament is similar to ABS filament (if you have ever worked with that). When contrasting it to ABS filament, ASA has a ...
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Safe way of disposing resin

Resin is notoriously hard to handle, especially as exposure to air and light can and will cure it over time. The uncured resin is a hazardous material. Handling hazardous waste The rules for safe ...
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SLA printing: piece does not stick to supporting structures

I have tried to print the piece upside-down with the cave part facing down and it worked. Since the printer prints upside down, positioning the cave part facing up creates a suction-cup effect on the ...
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Does the Inverse-Square law apply with SLA Printing?

Yes, of course it does. The same amount of light is being spread across a wider area, so there's less light per area. Once you're past a few 10's of filament diameters, a point source is a highly ...
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SLA prints not sticking to build plate

I also had issues with the first layer sticking to the build plate and I did not want to sand the plate. As most people will mention you need to make sure that your plate is perfectly level and the z ...
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What is the lifespan of a SLA Resin Tray?

It depends on tray and resin type you are using. PDMS If you are using PDMS (eg. sylgard 184) coating for your tray. (B9 and similar printers using this type of tray). Life of tray PDMS coating ...
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What do I need to go along with my new SLA 3D printer?

Safety Gear Gloves, you want to wear them whenever handling any resin. Single-use gloves are best - dispose of them after use. Consider them contaminated after touching anything in contact with resin ...
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Is it possible to attach a laser engraver to a SLA / resin 3D printer?

Not with consumer equipment. FDM printers are functionally three-axis motion control machines: "extrude quantity W material at position X Y Z, continue to next W, X, Y, and Z." Adapting it ...
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Why is cupping bad in SLA prints?

The printer prints, then moves up, then down again. The print surface stays inside the resin vat at all times. As a result, we have this experiment: The "bottle" is resting in a vat of ...
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How do you know when your SLA resin tray needs to be replaced?

Once the non stick coating wears off you'll notice degraded print quality over time and a more agressive sound from the print breaking free when switching layers as the print uses more and more force ...
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SLA prints not sticking to build plate

I have a plain smooth aluminium build plate and it seemed that nearly all problems with adhesion which I had were caused by the plate not being cleaned well enough with IPA and a paper towel, after ...
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SLA prints not sticking to build plate

I had the same exact problems. Nothing would stick to the platform. One day I realized, that all of the failed prints would always start to fall off to one side, and all of the successful prints were ...
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Which choices do we have on Daylight Resins?

It looks like Ono may fit what you are looking for. They have several colors listed on their site. Red Blue Yellow Black Clear Creamy White They also have a flexible resin and a low ...
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Methylated spirits or turpentine to clean resin printer?

I would personally stick to isopropanol. Be aware that 3D printing is a very expensive hobby, but health wise this is a better option. Methylated spirits can quickly become dangerous, and often can ...
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Do SLA printers have open source slicers available to use?

From what I have researched, each brand of printer has their own method of slicing objects for their printer to parse. For example: Peopoly Uses a profile for Cura Creality, Elegoo and Phrozen use ...
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Use SLA 3D printing to make a flexible mold

Background SLA relies on the properties of UV-curing Resin. Most currently available UV Curing Resins harden to a solid, hard polymer, but that doesn't mean there are no other UV curing resins that ...
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SLA resin post-processing: gluing parts together

You can definitely use glue - however you can also brush some of the liquid resin along the edges of the two pieces, push them together and cure them, this will fuse them together. You don't need much,...
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SLA printers: food-safe resin parts

Resin basics Resins are tricky, but probably less tricky than FDM as the manufacturing process is much less likely to include contaminants in the shape of contaminated air, particles, or adding lead ...
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Can SLA printers produce strong engineered parts?

Not inherently SLA prints are usually very glasslike in their internal structure and thus are often quite brittle: They tend to break with a very distinct, sharp failure mode. Their compression ...
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What is the lifespan of a SLA Resin Tray?

I did some research and the life of the resin and resin tray appears to be dependent on how you use it. For example, regarding the resin, 3dfacture states "We see almost unlimited shelf life of the ...
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Pros to UV printing

When using a DLP 3D printer, a projector (or other UV light source) is shining on a layer of resin. As the light source shines on a whole layer at a time, it is able to print at a rather constant ...
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Is there a method or S/W available to stitch together a DLP projector's output into a "moving picture" to SLA print in a larger area than its output?

Cool Idea. I know using a projector sounds like solution; but, I in practice, think it is going to be difficult. My concern with trying to use a projector would be two-fold. It would have to ...
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Why is CLIP so much faster than SLA?

The number of 100x could be true in some situations. I wish I could see the part(s) that they printed to measure this 100x, but that is another story. Looking at their videos they can move the ...
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