Depending on the chosen 3D printer, its design, configuration, light wavelength, light power, its light power distribution across the vat, and the cumulative operating time, the "real" light power available across the vat for printing varies and upon use decays significantly, affecting the printing settings.
Any light emitting source, either laser, LED, or lamp suffer a natural decay of light power over time. Similarly, LCD panels used in LCD printers despite not emitting light, suffer a decay of light transmittance over time. LED arrays are often used as backlight to illuminate the LCD panels which function is transmit or block the backlight in certain areas to define the 3D shape during printing, normally layer by layer. Unfortunately, specially multicolor LCD panels are very sensitive to degradation caused by UV light and heat.
The following graph shows the typical light output decay vs cumulative operating time of multicolor LCD panels, monochrome LCD panels, digital lamp projectors, and LED projectors used in SLA, DLP & LCD 3D printers.
LED projectors despite having lifetimes of over 15000 hours suffer a gradual light power decay. LEDs last longer than bulb lamps projectors, which have similar lifetimes to monochrome LCD panels of around 2000 hours. Multicolor LCD panels have much shorter lifetimes of around 400 hours and need to be replaced regularly as consumables.
Lack of power control, monitorization, and prevention of its decay are some of the main reasons for frustration, printing problems and quality variability.
Specific printing settings and exposure times provided for generic printer types are too generic since exposure times depend on the available light power for curing the 3D resins across the vat: the lower the power the longer the exposure time needed for curing the resin in the printer.
Unfortunately light power varies from printer to printer of the same type and technology. Even different units of the same model, new as supplied, often have 10-20% power differences due to small configuration differences, which affect the printing settings:
Additionally, as shown on the graph above, light power decays versus the cumulative operating time of the printer. This means that, sooner or later, printers, including plug & play printers, will need longer exposure times for curing the same 3D resin.
Variability in specifications for the different printers and lack of light power control over time can be overcome with our support.
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