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Simulation Methods for Stereolithography

  • Benay Sager
  • David W. Rosen
Chapter

Abstract

Stereolithography (SL) is a layered, additive manufacturing process in which an ultraviolet (UV) laser is used to selectively cure a liquid photopolymer resin in order to physically fabricate a part. Traditional SL systems use a UV laser with galvanometer-driven mirrors to scan a particular cross-section on the build surface. The limits of the resolution, both theoretical and empirical, need to be established so that accuracy and surface finish of SL-fabricated parts can be predicted.

Keywords

Laser Beam Surface Finish Beam Waist Kinetic Monte Carlo Kinetic Monte Carlo Method 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors gratefully acknowledge financial support from Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing Institute (RPMI) member companies, CIBA Vision, and the Georgia Research Alliance. Sect. 8.5 was based largely on the Ph.D. dissertation of Dr. Yanyan Tang (now at Intel, Corp.); the authors thank her and her advisors (Drs. Cliff Henderson and John Muzzy at Georgia Tech) for their good work.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Woodruff School of Mechanical EngineeringGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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