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Wave3D Launches its First Commercial Stereolithography (SLA) 3D Printer

3Ders has caught wind of a brand-new launch of a stereolithography 3D Printer.  Wave3D, which is based in Toronto, Canada, has “just unveiled its first commercial stereolithography (SLA) 3D printer: the Wave3D Pro.”

The Wave3D Pro has been developed “for professional applications such as rapid prototyping and design.”  This stereolithography machine has been in development for the past two years.  Wave3D’s aim with this machine is to offer “an affordable and relatively compact system – something that can enable small and medium-sized businesses to integrate 3D printing technology into their day to day.”

“The 3D printer is a bottom-up SLA machine, which has been rethought and re-engineered in a number of ways.  For instance, the Wave3D Pro integrates a proprietary build tray made using optically clear film rather than silicone.  This film enables users to more easily replace the build tray if it becomes damaged or suffers any wear…this optically clear film also reduces the risk of hazing and sticking, so large prints with wide flat surfaces can be made more easily.  The Wave3D Pro’s tray is also equipped with an automatic resin circulation system, as well as temperature and leveling control for the 3D printing resin.  This means users can work with either a full resin supply or a tray with as little as 1.5 liters of resin in it.”

As for the Wave3D Pro’s build platform size, it is rather spectacular.  “Coming in at 394 x 216 x 559 mm (15.5 x 8.5 x 22 in), the SLA 3D printer is notably larger than many of its competitors…[it] also offers a resolution of 50 microns.”

Despite its large build platform size, however, the Wave3D Pro “can easily fit through any doorway and thus does not require any specialized or extensive installation processes.”

“Wave3D is preparing a ‘demonstration model’ of its 3D printer to be used in a pilot program.  The 3D printer will therefore (for now, at least) be produced on a small scale, putting its price at around $60,000.”

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