Formlabs White Paper

FDM vs. SLA: Compare the Two Most Popular Types of 3D Printers For Education

Why You Should Download

Fused deposition modeling (FDM) and stereolithography (SLA) 3D printing techniques have been adapted and refined for the desktop, making them more affordable, easier to use, and more capable. Classroom adoption of 3D printing has accelerated as education institutions look to bring real-world experiences to the learning environment. Students can now use the same machines as major firms like New Balance, who are using Formlabs printers to create high-performance athletic shoes. 3D printing has also found its way into shop class and vocational tech programs, being used to teach general 3D design and CAD skills.

In this white paper, learn how the two technologies compare in terms of print quality, materials, applications, workflow, speed, costs, and more to help you decide which technique is ideal for your classroom or maker space.

Throughout this white paper, you’ll learn about:

  • What is Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D Printing?
  • What is Stereolithography (SLA) 3D Printing?
  • 3D Printing in Education
  • Comparing FDM and SLA 3D Printing Technologies

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