New York, NY – June 25, 2019 – Shapeways, the largest 3D printing service with more than 10 million products printed, today announced the addition of Stereolithography (SLA) to its self-serve portfolio. One of the first 3D printing technologies developed, SLA technology delivers higher resolution and detail for visual prototypes, as well as a smoother surface with limited layer lines regardless of size.
Among the most popular material, SLA is perfect for producing large parts, short-run production and mass customization. To produce parts, a laser selectively cures liquid resin in a bath above it, which then prompts the platform to move up and cure the next layer. This process is then repeated layer by layer until the part is produced. While the large format SLA has similar surface qualities to other resin based technologies within the Shapeways portfolio, it supports the development of much larger parts.
At launch, the materials available for Shapeways’ customers via SLA will include three acrylate-based materials:
“At Shapeways, we want to ensure our customers are empowered with the tools to take their innovations and creativity to the next level, and with that comes the ability to scale,” said Greg Kress, CEO of Shapeways. “We’re excited to introduce SLA to further diversify our range of materials, so as to meet each product’s specific need.”
Shapeways is redefining product creation. The platform enables creators to bring their ideas to life with services to design, make and sell products made via 3D printing manufacturing. Shapeways has over 1 million creators and has printed over 10 million products. Unlike desktop printers or makerspaces, the Shapeways platform offers services from their own factories and global supply chain network. Shapeways gives small to midsize businesses and everyday creators access to the most innovative technology and industrial-quality materials. Printing in over 40 materials and finishes, Shapeways has factories and offices in New York, the Netherlands, and a network of innovative partners around the globe. It is a spin-out of the lifestyle incubator of Royal Philips Electronics, and investors include Union Square Ventures, Lux Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, INKEF Capital, Index Ventures, Hewlett Packard Ventures, and Presidio Ventures.
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