Learn More About High-Speed Continuous 3D Printing


Continuous 3D printing is a newer approach to DLP printing in which the build plate moves constantly in the Z direction ― allowing light to cure photosensitive polymers without interruption to produce a final part.

In this paper, you will learn more about technical considerations for continuous 3D printing:

  • Beyond speed, what are the benefits of continuous 3D printing?
  • What is a dead zone and why does it matter?
  • Why is accuracy more challenged on a continuous 3D printer than with traditional DLP or SLA technologies?
  • Is surface finish really always better on a continuous 3D printer?

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EnvisionTEC launched its Continuous Digital Light Manufacturing technology in early 2016 with the Micro Plus cDLM.

The technology is based on a patent-protected approach our technology leaders came up with a decade ago. A twist on our DLP technology, this process allows for continuous motion of the build plate to deliver exceptional build speeds.

Today, we offer our cDLM technology in four configurations, specifically to meet the needs of our customers in the jewelry, dental and manufacturing markets:

  • Micro cDLM | Build area: 45 x 28 x 75 mm (1.8 x 1.1 x 2.95 in.) | XY Resolution: 39.8 µm (0.0016 in.)
  • Vida cDLM | 145 x 81 x 100 mm (5.7 x 3.2 x 3.94 in.) | XY Resolution: 76 µm (0.003 in.)
  • Vida HD cDLM | Build area: 90 x 50 x 100 mm (3.54 x 1.97 x 3.94 in.) | XY Resolution: 50 µm (0.002 in.)
  • Vida UHD cDLM | Build area: 2.5 x 1.4 x 3.94 in. (63.3 x 35.6 x 100 mm) | XY Resolution: 33 µm (0.0013 in.)

All cDLM machines offer dynamic resolution in the Z axis ranging from 25 to 150 µm (0.001 to 0.06 in.), depending on material.

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