Dimensional Issues in Stereolithography

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Winmill, David L.
Hoopes, Daniel M.
Jayanthi, Suresh S.

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New stereolithography photopolymers have recently been introduced that provide a wider range of functional properties similar to those of high-density polyethylene. One of the important criteria for these materials is the dimensional accuracy and stability in end-use applications as mold masters or the actual functional parts. This work investigates the dimensional stability of one of these new materials with varying amounts of exposure during build. The effect of aging on the part dimensions is reported. The result of environmental humidity extremes at ambient temperature on part dimensions is investigated and compared for parts made from two different families of stereolithography resins, namely DuPont Somos® 7100 and Somos® 8100.


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