Meet the Stratasys Neo – Proven Stereolithography 3D Printing Technology

Article by Stratasys Ltd. updated September 14, 2021

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The Neo 3D printer is designed for building 3D models using the stereolithography (SL) technique, a form of 3D printing technology used for creating prototypes, rapid tooling and master patterns in a layer-by-layer fashion.

What is stereolithography?

Stereolithography, an additive manufacturing process, uses a vat of liquid UV-curable photopolymer resin and a UV laser to build parts one layer at a time.

Using the photopolymerization process, light causes chains of molecules to link together, forming polymers that make up the body of a three-dimensional solid.

Many industries are investing in stereolithography (SL) 3D printing technology for industrial-scale manufacturing. This is due to the time and cost savings achieved with 3D printing compared to traditional methods of manufacturing.

Highly accurate part side-wall quality and detail

Build complex parts with smooth finishes due to exceptional layer to layer scan repeatability.

Stratasys Neo Stereolithography Build

Stratasys Neo Stereolithography Build

Reduction in lead times, improving time to market

Curing speeds of SL technology means parts are built faster and as SL produces more accurate parts, it reduces the need for post-processing saving on time and costs.

Complete design freedom, quick iterations

Parts produced can be customized with complex, intricate designs that can be quickly reiterated and reprinted if changes are required.

Variety and range of SL materials

SL offers users the ability to produce parts for a range of different applications requiring different properties, all from one technology. In partnership with Covestro Additive Manufacturing (formerly DSM) and its Somos® resins, the Neo SLA 3D printers can run the most technically advanced stereolithography materials:

SL Material Details Colour
Somos® WaterShed XC 11122 Versatile, good all-round polymer, very easy to use Clear
Somos® WaterClear Ultra 10122 Versatile, easy to use, exceptional clarity Clear
Somos® WaterShed Black Versatile, good all-round polymer, very easy to use Black
Somos® PerFORM Very high heat and stiffness, ceramic White
Somos® PerFORM Reflect Very high heat and stiffness, ceramic, developed for PIV Orange
Somos® Taurus High heat and toughness, thermoplastic like performance Charcoal
Somos® EvoLVe 128 Very tough and durable with great surface finish White

Reduced reliance on global supply chains

3D printing offers users the ability to localize manufacturing rather than rely on overseas supply chains to get products to market. This reduces carbon footprint, reduces logistic and storage costs, and creates more jobs, locally.

Stratasys Neo 3D printer

Build prototypes, rapid tooling and master patterns with the state of the art Neo® stereolithography / SLA 3D printer range.

The reliable and proven Neo builds high-quality parts with superior surface quality, accuracy and detail. Designed with an open-resin system, offering customers the ability to utilize any commercially available 355 nm hybrid resin chemistry.

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