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What is the Difference Between SLA and SLS Materials?

Formlabs currently has two 3D printer technologies on the market: SLA and SLS.

For each 3D printer technology there is a corresponding material science; SLA 3D printers use resins, while SLS 3D printers use nylon powder.

For Formlabs 3D printers, resins are used for the Form lineup. This means Form 3+ / Form 3B+ and Form 3L / Form 3BL use resins materials for their 3D printing.

On the other hand, nylon powders are used for Formlabs Fuse 3D printers. This currently includes the Fuse 1 and Fuse 1+ 30W.

How Does Each 3D Printing Technology Work?

SLA 3D printers cure resin with laser(s) to harden each layer of a print. SLS 3D printers also work in layers but instead use laser(s) to sinter (or "Fuse") each layer of nylon powder.

Each technology has advantges for certain use-cases which we talk about more on the 3D Printers Collection Page.

All Formlabs SLA and SLS Materials

Browse all Formlabs 3D printing materials. Resins cartdridges can be used in SLA printers, while nylon powders can be used in SLS printers.

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Formlabs BioMed Amber resinBioMed Amber resin-medical parts
BioMed Amber Resin
Sale price$495.00 AUD
Formlabs BioMed Black resinFormlabs BioMed Black resin with sample part
BioMed Black Resin
Sale price$535.00 AUD
Formlabs BioMed ClearBioMed resin clear sample parts
BioMed Clear Resin
Sale price$675.00 AUD
BioMed Elastic 50A Resin
Sale price$0.00 AUD
BioMed Flex 80A Resin
Sale price$0.00 AUD
Formlabs BioMed White ResinFormlabs Resin White with part
BioMed White Resin
Sale price$620.00 AUD
Formlabs Black Colour PigmentColoured 3D printed astronaut
Black Colour Pigment
Sale price$63.00 AUD
Formlabs Black Resin3d printed brush
Black Resin
Sale price$300.00 AUD
Formlabs Castable Wax 40 ResinForm 3 with CW40 jewellery
Castable Wax 40 Resin
Sale price$590.00 AUD
Formlabs Castable Wax Resin used for3D printing jewellery castsFormlabs sample jewellery for Castable Wax
Castable Wax Resin
Sale price$590.00 AUD
Formlabs Clear Resin3D printed fluid example
Clear Resin
Sale price$300.00 AUD
Colour Kit
Sale price$355.00 AUD
Custom Tray Resin
Sale price$405.00 AUD
Dental LT Clear Resin
Sale price$775.00 AUD
Formlabs Draft Resin V2Draft V2 Resin Formlabs sail example
Draft Resin
Sale price$300.00 AUD
Formlabs Durable SLA Resindurable resin cartridge and part
Durable Resin
Sale price$375.00 AUD
Formlabs Elastic 50A Resin3d printed elastic 50a parts
Elastic 50A Resin
Sale price$395.00 AUD
Formlabs ESD Resinelectronically safe 3d printed parts
ESD Resin
Sale price$425.00 AUD
Flame Retardant Resin
Sale price$510.00 AUD
Formlabs Flexible 80A - 3D Printers Perth3d printed water bottle
Flexible 80A Resin
Sale price$395.00 AUD
Formlabs Grey Pro ResinGrey Pro Resin
Grey Pro Resin
Sale price$375.00 AUD
Formlabs Grey SLA Resin3d printed grey wing
Grey Resin V4
Sale price$300.00 AUD
Formlabs High Temp SLA Resin3d printed high temp resin part
High Temp Resin (V2)
Sale price$395.00 AUD
IBT ResinIBT Resin
IBT Resin
Sale price$495.00 AUD