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Types of parts that are better to print with light-cured resin than with SLS technology and vice versa

In the world of 3D printing, the choice between the use of resins and SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) technology depends on the specifics and requirements of a given project. Both methods offer unique advantages and are better suited to different applications. Technology Applied – the largest Polish company providing 3D printing services knows this perfectly, using both methods in everyday additive manufacturing.

Light-curing resins are ideal for creating very detailed and complex models. Their high accuracy makes them perfect for prototyping precision components such as jewelry pieces, miniature models or complex electronic components. This method is also suitable for projects requiring transparency. This is ideal for items such as lenses, visors or other transparent components where transparency is a key factor.

Resins allow for smooth and aesthetically finished surfaces, so they are preferred when creating objects that are to be displayed and require high-quality finishing, for example in the case of presentation models or design elements. SLA technology offers the production of parts that have a final quality similar to injection molding.

The SLS method is the preferred technique for producing durable, functional parts. Thanks to the possibility of using various polymer powders, SLS is ideal for creating mechanical parts such as hinges, catches and structural elements that must withstand mechanical loads. It is also more suitable for printing larger objects. The lack of need for support structures and the uniform strength of parts make SLS the choice for the production of large, integral components such as device housing components and large industrial components.

SLS allows the creation of complex geometries with closed voids without the risk of damage when removing the support material. This is ideal for projects requiring complex internal structures such as flow channels or lightweight yet strong structures.

The choice between resin 3D printing and SLS technology should be dictated by the characteristics and requirements of the project. Light-curing resins are best for detailed models, clear parts, and high-quality surface finishes. In contrast, SLS is preferred for durable, functional parts, large structural objects, and designs with complex geometries. The right choice of technology is crucial to the success of the project, both in terms of functionality and aesthetics. If you have any doubts about choosing the right additive method, it is worth consulting with specialists such as Technology Applied, which will adjust the best method of producing parts in terms of their target application.

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