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Is the best SLA resin an open and shut case?

Oct 18 2012









Our customers are always tell us how durable the Somos Next Resin is, so I decided to put it to the test....

Last year I was asked to help resolve a problem in my community swim club. The insurance company was requiring automatic closures for all gates.

 

The Problem:

All available gate closures were designed for round posts and the pool had square posts.  Oh, and we had 3 days to correct the problem.

The Solution:
 

At this point I knew Rapid Prototyping would be the only solution in the time period we had. So I designed a closure mount for a square post. Then I made a part using Somos Next resin on one of our SLA machines. Now hopefully the part would be strong enough to pass the insurance inspection.

The Result:

Well the inspector came and we passed the inspection and everyone forgot about the gate latch and enjoyed the pool. Two seasons and hundreds of gate closures later I remembered about this part and had to see if it still was being used. As you can see from the picture below the part is still intact and functioning.

I don't know if it is the strongest SLA Resin available but in two seasons at the pool it is a good example of an "open and shut" case.