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SLA Prototypes

"SLA Models ...Quick.. Accurate ... and Strong!
  • Parts in 1 to 2 days
  • Highest Definition
  • Best Surface Finish
  • Greatest Accuracy
  • On Line Ordering   
  • Lowest Cost

Our Checklist of Advantages

  • Building parts since 1990
  • Custom calibration
  • Online link to ERP system
  • Vapor Hone Finish
  • Complete Model Shop
  • Unlimited Size Capabilities
  • Latest Resins
  • Multiple Machines
Multiple Applications... Presentation Models- Concept Models- Small Lot Production

Stereolithography is by far the most widely used technology.  The reason… it offers the highest definition, best surface finish, has the greatest accuracy, and has a wide selection of materials which simulate engineering thermoplastics.   It’s our flagship technology… over 70% of the time our clients choose to have an SLA Model over any other.

Quick Delivery

We streamlined the process every step of the way. Your online orders are automatically entered into our ERP system and delivered to the process engineer's workstation to be prepared for running in our fleet of SLA machines. From there they follow a barcoded traveler through our facility to be cleaned and finished as per your specifications and inspected and shipped. This allows us the fastest possible processing with most deliveries occurring within 1 to 2 days.

Accuracy

Stereolithography (SLA) still produces the most accurate rapid model of all additive processes. Coupled with our proprietary calibration methods that we developed from our years of understanding resin shrinkages and how they apply to geometry. Our process engineers have the knowledge and experience to apply the correct parameters and position for your SLA model or SLA prototype to insure their accuracy.

Finish

Stereolithography (SLA) provides a superior finish compared to other additive prototyping technologies. All our standard SLA models have the addition of a vapor hone finish which gives the part a satin smooth finish that is consistent throughout the part.  Other finishes are available including, polished, textured, painted, stained, and plated. Whatever finish you require we have in house capabilities and experienced modelmakers who can apply them.

On Line Ordering

Our advanced online system not only lets you get prices and place orders it is fully integrated into our ERP system.  Your orders are automatically entered to our order entry system with all the information you provided with your order including the files. The system automatically delivers the order with all the details to our process engineers to build your parts immediately.  Use our online system to find the status of your jobs and to track the parts when they are shipped.

Lowest Cost

We pride ourselves on having a production system that can delivers the lowest cost of production. We don't cut corners to do this we just cut the waste. From customers' orders to purchasing materials to shipping, we do it quickly, accurately and consistently. This gives us the ability to be very competitive in our pricing. To back this up we will beat any legitimate price you can show us.

Experience

At SICAM our depth of experience goes back to 1990, with the purchase of our first SLA machine (Stereolithography Apparatus). That experience is applied today… where we run a fleet of SLA machines 24-7 producing outstanding quality parts. Our employees are the key to our success with backgrounds in prototyping, model making, engineering, manufacturing, tooling, quality, and production control.

Complete Model Shop

We have a complete model shop, giving us the ability to prepare patterns, install threaded inserts, paint and texture parts, and apply deco and printing on parts. We can fixture multiple parts to create large assemblies in our facility. If you need to implement a design change, no problem, many times it can be done by our model-makers without making a new part.

 Material Selection Guide

Name Impact Stiffness Humitity/Water Heat Durability Apperance Details Description/Application
11122 XC Somos Good Excellent Excellent Sensitive Moderate Transparent Excellent Rigid Resin similar to Polycarb
NeXt Somos Excellent Good Moderate Sensitive Excellent Ivory Good
 
Somos® NeXt

     DMX-SL Technology

Tough, High Strength Accurate Rapid Prototyping Material

Somos® NeXt produces parts that demonstrate an unprecedented combination of stiffness and toughness which typically characterizes thermoplastics, yet with all of the high feature detail, dimensional accuracy and aesthetics offered by Stereolithography.

With improved surface finish, moisture resistance and greater thermal properties, you can now functional test parts that simulate production materials...  It's the NeXt step closer to direct manufacturing.  

 Color:  White  
 Applications Market Segments
  • Enclosures
  • Impellers
  • Snap Fits
  • Fine Detail
  • Thin Walls
  • Toughness
  • Ridigity
  •  
  • Aerospace
  • Architechure
  • Automotive
  • Consumer Products
  • Industrial
  • Medical
  • Telecommunications
  •   Mechanical Properties
    ASTM Method  Property Description  Metric  Imperial
    D638M  Tensile Modulus  2,370 - 2,490 Mpa  343,000 - 361,000 psi
    D638M  Tensile Strength at Break  31.0 - 34.6 Mpa  4,500 - 5,000 psi
    D638M  Tensile Strength at Yield  41.1 - 43.3 Mpa  5,900 - 6,300 psi
    D638M  Elongation at Break  8 - 10%  8 - 10%
    D638M  Elongation at Yield  3%  3%
    D638M  Poisson's Ratio  .42 - .44  .42 - .44
    D790M  Flexural Strength  67.8 - 70.8 Mpa  9,800 - 10,300 psi
    D790M  Flexural Modulus  2,415 - 2,525 Mpa  350,000 - 366,000 psi
    D2240  Hardness (Shore D)  82  82
    D256A  Izod Impact (Notched)  .47 - .52 J/cm  .88 - .97 ft-lb/in
    D570-98  Water Absorption  .39 - .41%  .39 - .41%

      Electrical / Thermal Properties
    ASTM Method  Property Description  Metric  Imperial
    E831-05  C.T.E. 40°C - 0°C (-40°F - 32°F)  71.5 - 74.3 mm/m°C  39.7 - 41.3 min/in°F
    E831-05  C.T.E. 0°C - 50°C (32°F - 122°F)  106.5 - 114.5 mm/m°C  59.2 - 63.6 min/in°F
    E831-05  C.T.E. 50°C - 100°C (122°F - 212°F)  168.6 - 175.4 mm/m°C  93.7 - 97.4 min/in°F
    E831-05  C.T.E. 100°C - 150°C (212°F - 302°F)  168.8 - 176.4 mm/m°C  93.8 - 98.0 min/in°F
    D150-98  Dielectric Constant 60 Hz  4.65  4.65
    D150-98  Dielectric Constant 1KHz  3.97  3.97
    D150-98  Dielectric Constant 1MHz  3.62  3.62
    D149-97a  Dielectric Strength  14.9 - 15.5 kV/mm  379 - 395 V/mil
    E1545-00  Tg  43 - 47°C  109 - 116°F
    D648  HDT @ 0.46 Mpa (66 psi)  55 - 57°C  131 - 134°F
    D648  HDT @ 1.81 Mpa (264 psi)  48 - 51°C  118 - 124°F









    Note:  The information on the material properties was obtained from DSM Somos, a unincorporated subsidiary of DSM Desotech Inc.  Somos is a registered tradmark of DSM Somos.  SICAM Corporation expressly disclaims any product warranties and cannot garantee the accuracy of the information presented.

     
    Somos® WaterShed XC11122

     

    Ridgid, Tough, Accurate Water Clear Rapid Prototyping Material

    Somos® WaterShed XC11122 produces strong, tough water-resistant parts that demonstarate an unprecedented combination of stiffness and toughness which typically characterizes thermoplastic parts, yet with all of the high feature detail, dimensional accuracy and aesthetics offered by Stereolithography.

    Watershed XC11122 is formulated with DSM Somos Oxetane Advantage™ - an advanced chemistry platform that produces parts with outstanding water resistance and high dimensional stability.

    With improved surfce finish, moisture resistance and greater thermal properties, you can now functional test parts that simulate production materials.

    Color:  Frosted or Transparent  
    Applications Market Segments
  • Lite-Pipes
  • Lenses
  • Enclosures
  • Water Flow Analysis
  • Fine Detail
  • Thin Walls
  • Ridigity
  •  
  • Aerospace
  • Architechure
  • Automotive
  • Consumer Products
  • Industrial
  • Medical
  • Telecommunications
  •  

      Mechanical Properties
    ASTM Method  Property Description  Metric  Imperial
    D638M  Modulus of Elasticity  2,650 - 2,880 Mpa  384,000 - 418,000 psi
    D638M  Tensile Strength at Break  47.1 - 53.6 Mpa  6,831 - 7,774 psi
    D638M  Elongation at Break  11 - 20%  11 - 20%
    D638M  Elongation at Yield  3.3 - 3.5%  3.3 - 3.5%
    D790M  Flexural Strength  63.1 - 74.2 Mpa  9,152 - 10,756 psi
    D790M  Flexural Modulus  2,040 - 2,370 Mpa  296,000 - 344,000 psi
    D256A  Izod Impact (Notched)  .2 - .3 J/cm  .4 - .6 ft-lb/in
    D542  Index of Refraction  1.513 - 1.515  1.513 - 1.515
    D1004  Graves Tear  150,288 N/m  833 - 858 lbf/in
    D570-98  Water Absorption  0.35%  0.35%
      Electrical / Thermal Properties
    ASTM Method  Property Description  Metric  Imperial
    E831-00  C.T.E. 10°F - 32°F  N/A  37 min/in-°F
    E831-00  C.T.E. 32°F - 60°F  N/A  50 - 53 min/in-°F
    E831-00  C.T.E. 60°F - 88°F  N/A  94 - 105 min/in-°F
    E831-00  C.T.E. 88°F - 115°F  N/A  103 - 105 min/in-°F
    E831-00  C.T.E. -40°C - 0°C  66 - 67 mm/m-°C  N/A
    E831-00  C.T.E. 0°C - 50°C  90 - 96 mm/m-°C  N/A
    E831-00  C.T.E. 50°C - 100°C  170- 189 mm/m-°C  N/A
    E831-00  C.T.E. 100°C - 150°C  185- 189 mm/m-°C  N/A
    D150-98  Dielectric Constant 60 Hz  3.9 - 4.1  3.9 - 4.1
    D150-98  Dielectric Constant 1KHz  3.7 - 3.9  3.7 - 3.9
    D150-98  Dielectric Constant 1MHz  3.4 - 3.5  3.4 - 3.5
    D149-97a  Dielectric Strength  15.4 - 16.3 kV/mm  390 - 413 V/mil
    E1545-00  Tg  39 - 46°C  102 - 109°F
    D648  HDT @ 0.46 Mpa (66 psi)  45.9 - 54.5°C  115 - 130°F
    D648  HDT @ 1.81 Mpa (264 psi)  49.0 - 49.7°C  120°F









    Note:  The information on the material properties was obtained from DSM Somos, a unincorporated subsidiary of DSM Desotech Inc.  Somos and Oxetane Advantage are registered tradmarks of DSM Somos.  SICAM Corporation expressly disclaims any product warranties and cannot garantee the accuracy of the information presented.

    Below are standard colors that can be painted on to sla presentation models. Custom color matches can be done for an additional charge and 1 week lead time


    These colors are a representation of the actual product and may vary depending on your monitor's settings.

    1503 Antique White 1504 Ivory 1506 Almond 1509 Navajo White
    2504 Khaki 1808 Maize 1086 Sun Yellow 1807 Chamois
    2406 Salmon 2101 Cherry Red 2508 Mahogany 2108 Banner Red
    2118 Burgundy 1913 Purple 1914 Rich Plum 1912 Grape
    1911 Violet 2414 Mauve 2117 Dusty Pink 2415 Rose
    1901 Regal Blue 1910 True Blue 1900 Pacific Blue 1907 Navy Blue
    1904 Teal Blue 2018 Light Sage 1905 Colonial Blue 2016 Emerald Green
    3512 Sage Satin 2001 Hunter Green 2015 Teal Green 2003 Jade Green
    2017 Pistachio 2501 Leather Brown 2507 Warm Brown 1607 Oyster Gray
    1605 Stone Gray 1608 Smoke Gray 1606 Pewter Gray 2411 Pumpkin Orange
    2403 Terracotta      

     

    Sicam uses trisert inserts in all its SLA Models and Prototypes.

    Advantages

    TRISERT Inserts are internally and externally threaded metal bushings that are installed in plastics and soft metals to provide stronger threads than the base plastic or metal can offer. They tap their own threads as they are driven (turned) into drilled or cored holes. The three, full-length, external flutes provide a balanced, full cutting action. Chips and dust are retained in these flutes and the inside threads stay clean. This is especially important in electronic or electrical work where contamination can cause serious problems.

    To make installation easier, TRISERT Inserts have a lead on both ends permitting manual placement by feel and making hopper feed practical for automated production.

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    REGULAR SERIES
    U.S. Part Number Metric Part Number A
    U.S. Thread Size
    A
    Metric Thread Size
    B
    Outside Diameter
    C
    Length
    +.000
    –.010
    D
    Outside Thread
    E
    +.000
    –.010
    F Starting Hole Size
    256J9-12 2004J9-12 2-56 M2.0 x 0.4 .141 .188 9/64-48 .122 .044 .124-.129
    440J11-15 3005J11-15 4-40 M3.0 x 0.5 .172 .234 11/64-40 .149 .074 .149-.156
    632J14-18 3506J14-18 6-32 M3.5 x 0.6 .218 .281 7/32-32 .189 .092 .190-.198
    832J16-21 4007J16-21 8-32 M4.0 x 0.7 .250 .328 1/4-32 .219 .092 .222-.230
    1024J19-24   10-24   .296 .375 19/64-24 .261 .102 .259-.270
    1032J19-24 5008J19-24 10-32 M5.0 x 0.8 .296 .375 19/64-24 .261 .102 .259-.270
    25020J24-31 6010J24-31 250-20 M6.0 x 1.0 .375 .484 3/8-20 .330 .130 .330-.343

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    SHORT SERIES

    TRISERT Short Series Inserts are short on length but long on holding power. They offer all the advantages of the regular TRISERT Inserts–simple and fast installation, clean internal threads, and outstanding resistance to torque and pull-out. They are ideal for applications requiring a shorter length self-tapping insert
    U.S. Part Number Metric Part Number A
    U.S. Thread Size
    A
    Metric Thread Size
    B
    Outside Diameter
    C
    Length
    +.000
    –.010
    D
    Outside Thread
    E
    +.000
    –.010
    F Starting Hole Size
    256JS9-9 2004JS9-9 2-56 M2.0 x 0.4 .141 .141 9/64-48 .122 .035 .124-.129
    440JS11-11 3005JS11-11 4-40 M3.0 x 0.5 .172 .172 11/64-40 .149 .042 .149-.156
    632JS14-14 3506JS14-14 6-32 M3.5 x 0.6 .218 .218 7/32-32 .189 .054 .190-.198
    832JS16-16 4007JS16-16 8-32 M4.0 x 0.7 .250 .250 1/4-32 .219 .058 .222-.230
    1024JS19-19   10-24   .296 .296 19/64-24 .261 .065 .259-.270
    1032JS19-19 5008JS19-19 10-32 M5.0 x 0.8 .296 .296 19/64-24 .261 .065 .259-.270
    25020JS24-24 6010JS24-24 250-20 M6.0 x 1.0 .375 .375 3/8-20 .330 .084 .330-.343

    How it Works

    The Stereolithography Process (SLA)

    The basic printing process goes like this:

    • You create a 3-D model of your object in a CAD program
    • A piece of software chops your CAD model up into thin layers -- typically five to 10 layers/millimeter
    • The 3-D printer's laser "paints" one of the layers, exposing the liquid plastic in the tank and hardening it
    • The platform drops down into the tank a fraction of a millimeter and the laser paints the next layer
    • This process repeats, layer by layer, until your model is complete