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Product Spotlight: Stratasys Neo SLA Printer

By <a href="https://mfg.trimech.com/author/trimech/" target="_self">TriMech Marketing</a>

By TriMech Marketing

Posted on May 29, 2024

Stratasys added the Neo to their SLA printer lineup to provide a top-of-the-line production option to the market. The Stratasys Neo excels at prototyping applications, tooling & master patterns with excellent surface finish and accuracy.

The Neo SLA Printer

In industrial manufacturing, where efficiency, reliability, and cost-effectiveness are paramount, Stratasys Neo offers unparalleled value. It enables the production of prototypes, master mold patterns, jigs and fixtures with exceptional durability and precision, optimizing manufacturing processes and enhancing operational efficiency.

Stratasys Neo Stereolithography

Stratasys Neo Stereolithography

How Does SLA Work?

Stereolithography is a method of 3D printing that utilizes a vat of liquid UV-curable photopolymer and a UV laser to build parts one layer at a time. The Neo uses a 2-watt laser to UV cure the resin one layer at a time. Learn more about the technology in our in-depth article “What is Stereolithography and how does it work?”.

The Neo 450 offers a build volume of 17.72 x 17.72 x 15.75” (450 x 450 x 400mm) while the Neo 800 offers a larger build volume of 31.5 x 31.5 x 23.6” (800 x 800 x 600mm). The two size options can meet a range of project needs.

Key Benefits

While there are many benefits to the Neo, one that stands out is its capability to build high-quality parts with superior surface quality, accuracy, and detail. Utilizing advanced printing technology, the Neo ensures that each layer is precisely laid down, resulting in flawless surfaces that require minimal post-processing work. This not only saves valuable time but also allows for greater design freedom and creativity.

Speed

Furthermore, the Neo boasts impressively fast curing speeds, significantly reducing the time required to complete prints. Whether it is rapid prototyping or on-demand production, users can count on the Neo to deliver high-quality prints at lightning speed, accelerating project timelines and boosting productivity.

Precision

Moreover, the Neo minimizes the need for post-processing work, thanks to its precision engineering and advanced printing capabilities. With reduced support structures and smoother surfaces, users can enjoy a streamlined post-printing workflow, eliminating the tedious task of manual finishing and sanding.

Material Options

In addition to its superior printing capabilities, the Neo offers a wide range of SL material options, catering to diverse industry needs and applications. Whether it is engineering-grade thermoplastics or biocompatible resins for medical devices or investment casting materials, the Neo provides unparalleled versatility and flexibility, allowing users to explore new possibilities and push the boundaries of innovation.

The Neo features an open resin system, enabling users to work with a variety of third-party materials and formulations. The open resin system can use any 355 nm resin promoting the use of many types of resin.

Easy to Use Software

The Neo is also equipped with customer-focused software, designed to streamline workflows, and optimize user experience. This is one of the best features as the Neo has full part traceability data, customized notifications sent through email, and remote diagnostics to fix problems with the build.

Industry Applications

The Stratasys Neo is a great option in a wide range of industries. The open resin system is a driving factor of adoption in Aerospace, Automotive, Medical and Healthcare, and Industrial Manufacturing.

Stratasys Neo450 Somos Watershed Stereolithography

Stratasys Neo450 Somos Watershed Material Parts

In the aerospace and defense sector, where stringent quality standards and complex geometries are commonplace, the Neo shines. It facilitates rapid prototyping of aircraft components, tooling, and lightweight structures, enabling manufacturers to accelerate innovation cycles and reduce production costs.

In the automotive industry, where customization, rapid iteration, and performance are paramount, Neo offers unmatched agility. Whether it is producing intricate interior components, functional prototypes, or tooling for manufacturing processes, the system enables automotive manufacturers to streamline their workflows and bring concepts to reality faster.

In the medical field, personalized care and precise anatomical models are crucial. The Neo is able to quickly build parts for surgical guides, implants, and prosthetics.

Speed up the Supercar Sector

In the world of Formula One, where strict regulations demand constant innovation within tight time and budget limits, McLaren Racing once struggled for efficiency and accuracy in design and manufacturing its intricate components.

The Stratasys Neo800 SLA printer is a gamechanger for the team. It saves the time and money, while ensuring precision and agility which is vital for McLaren Racing, for whom even small design improvements can largely impact performance.

“The Neo800 is very much at the heart of our vehicle development process – from design to production. We tend to make around four car sets of most components before the next iteration is released, which supersedes the previous version,” said Tim Chapman, head of Additive Manufacturing at McLaren Racing.

Oxford Brooks Racing faces the similar challenges in manufacturing complex aerodynamic parts due to time, cost, and precision constraints. They overcome these challenges by leveraging the SLA printer for mold creation, complementing with heat and pressure-resistant materials, avoiding moisture absorption for foam cores, as well as other meticulous optimization throughout the production process.

British supercar manufacturer Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) also uses the Neo800 SLA printer to produce lightweight prototype parts with organic shapes. As one of the largest 3D printing stereolithography systems, the Stratasys Neo800 allows BAC to print large parts with hollow internal structures. Besides, its outstanding surface integrity reduce post-processing, further saving time and cost.

In the realm of motorsport engineering, wind tunnel modelling is crucial in simulating real-world conditions. When developing performance cars, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Europe (TGR-E) employs the SLA 3D printing technology for rapid iteration of complex components. It delivers outstanding surfaces that are essential for accurate aerodynamic testing.

TriMech Prototyping with the Neo

When it comes to prototyping with the Neo, TriMech can turn ambitious designs into tangible realities.

TriMech leveraged Watershed Black to craft an intricate 3D printed replica of the iconic FIFA World Cup trophy and soccer ball stands. These parts show off the Neo’s ability to deliver groundbreaking prototypes into reality with stunning detail.

The TriMech team also brought Tuskegee Airmen 3D printed bust project to life thanks to the Stratasys Neo. It played a crucial role in prototyping and providing parts that have exceptional resolution and surface finish. The Neo was selected for its precise capabilities despite the complexity of the geometry needed to preserve the history and commemorate these individuals’ historic contributions. The Neo was pivotal in creating the lifelike busts that pay homage and respect to the legacy of these courageous pilots.

Conclusion

Overall, the Neo combines its open resin system, lower post processing work, wide range of materials, and customer focused software to improve prototyping and part quality. From automotive to the medical field this resin 3D printer can be extremely useful to achieve smooth builds and fast  build speeds. Companies adopting the Neo are driving growth and unlocking new possibilities.

<h4>Written by <a href="https://mfg.trimech.com/author/trimech/" target="_self">TriMech Marketing</a></h4>

Written by TriMech Marketing

TriMech provides thousands of engineering teams with 3D design and rapid prototyping solutions that work hand-in-hand, from sketch to manufacturing. InterPro became a part of TriMech Solutions LLC in 2021.