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Expert Lesson 23 – SLA v DLP and the study of resin materials

This lesson explains indepth the difference between resin SLA 3D printing and DLP 3D printing and the advantages and disadvantages of each process. The study of resin materials is also covered and the environmental impact of using thermoset resins in 3D printing.

Age range – 16 – 19

Resources in the lesson include, fully editable;

  • Lesson plan
  • Teaching powerpoint
  • Lesson task
  • Lesson task answer sheet
  • Homework sheet
  • Homework answer sheet

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This lesson teaches in detail the differences between SLA and DLP  3D printers. Every slide is accompanied with graphical images to illustrate the concepts being discussed. Topics covered include, different types of UV light sources such as laser beams and UV projectors and how this effects the print quality of resin 3D printed parts. The advantages and disadvantages of each type of process along with how resin materials are supplied.

Resolution definition is also covered through the concept of 3D pixels known as voxel definition, along with the study of resin materials and their environmental impact. In the latter parts of the lesson is the study of the ‘life cycle assessment of a 3D printed part’ and how using thermoset resins effects the carbon footprint of the product.

This lesson encourages students to consider the wider impact of using resin 3D printers from an environmental and sustainability point of view.