Somos® Element

A stereolithography material engineered to create flawless
investment castings

Somos Element Material Properties

Behaviour and use

Material Overview

Through continuous interaction with Somos customers, pattern makers and foundries, Somos® developed the groundbreaking stereolithography resin Somos® Element — the new standard for producing Investment Casting patterns.

Somos® Element is an antimony-free stereolithography material that has been specifically designed to improve the repeatability and quality of 3D printed casting patterns. Patterns created with Somos® Element leave trace amounts of lightweight, easily-removable ash residue after burnout and have good green strength, so there’s no worry of breakage during handling, while being dimensionally stable during storage. Any residue that is left behind is easily removed, leaving a perfectly clean void in the ceramic mold. This translates into lower mold prep times and lower rates of rework, saving customers time and money.

Key Benefits

  • Trace amounts of ash that are lightweight and easily removed
  • Suitable for high-end alloy castings
  • Rapid draining
  • Produces accurate, repeatable parts regardless of size

Ideal Applications

  • Investment Casting

Somos Element Specification & Features

Liquid PropertiesOptical Properties
AppearanceClearEC10 mJ/cm²[critical exposure]
Viscosity~125 cps @ 30°CDP5.2 mils[slope of cure-depth vs. In (E) curve]
Density1.11 g/cm @ 25°CE1068.4 mJ/cm²[exposure that gives 0.254 mm (.010 inch) thickness]


Mechanical PropertiesUV Postcure
ASTM MethodProperty DescriptionMetricImperial
D638-14Tensile Modulus3,170 MPa460 ksi
D638-14Tensile Strength at Break53 MPa7.7 ksi
D638-14Elongation at Break2.3%
D570-98Water Absorption0.36%
D790-15e2Flexural Strength114 MPa16.6 ksi
D790-15e2Flexural Modulus3,230 MPa468 ksi
D256-10e1Izod Impact (Notched)22 J/m0.41 ft-lb/in
D2240-05Durometer Hardness86


Thermal/Electrical PropertiesUV Postcure
ASTM MethodProperty DescriptionMetricImperial
E831-13C.T.E. -40 - 0°C (-40 - 32°F)56.8 µm/m°C31.5 µin/in°F
E831-13C.T.E. 0 - 50°C (32 - 122°F)75.7 µm/m°C42.1 µin/in°F
E831-13C.T.E. 50 - 100°C (122 - 212°F)137 µm/m°C76.1 µin/in°F
E831-13C.T.E. 100 - 150°C (212 - 302°F)142 µm/m°C78.9 µin/in°F
D150-11Dielectric Constant 60 Hz3.7
D150-11Dielectric Constant 1 KHz3.6
D150-11Dielectric Constant 1 MHz3.4
D149-09Dielectric Strength18.3 kV/mm465 V/mil
D648-16HDT @ 0.46 MPa (66 psi)58°C136°F
D648-16HDT @ 1.81 MPa (264 psi)53°C127°F


Burnout Properties
MethodProperty Description
ICPAntimony ContentNot detectable (<3 ppm)
TGAAsh Content<0.005 %

Stereolithography (SLA) Technology

Advantages of 3D printing Somos Element with a Stratasys Machine

What is Stereolithography?

Stereolithography (SL/SLA) was the world’s first 3D printing technology, and it remains a great option for highly detailed prototypes that require tight tolerances and smooth surfaces. It uses a UV laser to cure and solidify fine layers of photopolymer in an open vat.

Why choose SLA?

SLA is great for prototyping parts that will ultimately be painted or coated because the models can be finished using the same materials and processes as the end product. Transparent, heat resistant and moisture resistant materials are also attractive for medical, automotive and other prototypes that call for flow visualization, light transmittance or thermostability.

SLA benefits

Product designers opt for SL models when a quick build time is crucial, and they can invest time and resources into additional finishing processes. SL can also produce master patterns for urethane casting, and investment casting patterns that are used to produce metal parts for aerospace, automotive, power generation and medical applications.

SLA 3D Printing & Post-processing Machines

Machines that can 3D print and post-process Somos Element parts

Stratasys V650 Flex SLA 3D printer

Stratasys V650 Flex

Stratasys V650 Flex Stereolithography SLA 3D printer creates smooth prototypes, master patterns, concept models, and casting patterns quickly and precisely.

PostProcess DEMI Support Removal Machine

DEMI Support Removal

The DEMI Production Series 3D Printing Support Removal machine provides an envelope sized for a few large or several small 3D printed parts.

PostProcess CENTI

CENTI Support Removal

The CENTI Production Series 3D Printing Support Removal machine provides an envelope sized for a few large or several small 3d printed parts.

Need to 3D print with Somos Element?

Call us free at  1-877-219-6757  to speak to an expert, or send us your CAD model and we'll 3D print it with Somos Element material