Homemade Stereo Lithography

By on September 7th, 2011 in Hardware, printer


Maker Rob Hopeless developed a primitive stereo lithography 3D printer. For those unfamiliar with “SLA”, it’s a 3D printing technique involving shooting a laser beam at a vat of liquid plastic resin and gradually solidifying that resin into the desired solid object. While most hobbyists attempt to make thermal plastic extruder-based 3D printers, Rob attempted something more difficult: 
I have been working on a UV/Visible cure resin 3D printer using a 405nm laser. I started off thinking if I could mix a Delta Robot and a resin printer in one it would be ultra double awesome. 
And as you’ll see in his video, it sorta worked: he managed to make a misshapen lump instead of the required hexagon shape. Rob has theories as to why it didn’t work, including laser reflectivity from the print bed, transparency of the resin, motion control, etc. Unfortunately, Rob gave up on the SLA idea and reverted the equipment to a more basic X-Y Cartesian robot. 
Nevertheless, it’s a very unusual design we haven’t seen before for a 3D printer. Perhaps someone else can refine this design? 

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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