Characterization of the Stereolithography Method using FormLabs' MaterialsEditor

Midshipman Researcher(s): 1/C Samuel Rice

Adviser(s): CAPT Brad Baker

Poster #64

Additive manufacturing using the stereolithography (SLA) method is one of the most versatile way to print complex three-dimensional objects. Using FormLabs’ MaterialsEditor software, parameters such as laser intensity, spatial alignment, timing, and operating temperatures can be fine-tuned to affect a print outcome. Tests done in this project categorized the most influential parameters and pushed each’s bounds until failure. Each resin for the SLA printer reacts differently to these changed parameters. Analyzing these modes of print failure, the SLA method can be better understood, and these new parameter settings can be used to increase the effectiveness of printed items.

Full Size Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering #64