3D Printing Service:
Hybrid PhotoSynthesis

Parts in 3 to 5 days.

Hybrid PhotoSynthesis (HPS) is used for:

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Certifications and Registrations

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Hybrid PhotoSynthesis (HPS)
Our Digital Manufacturing Process is Simple.

Upload a CAD file and request a quote.

Our team begins production once the project specifications are finalized and the quote is accepted.

When the part has been completed and finished, it passes through quality control.

After your part goes through quality control, our team ships the part(s) to you.

Table of Contents

What is Hybrid PhotoSynthesis?

Hybrid Photosynthesis (HPS) is an innovative 3D printing technique that combines two popular methods: digital light processing (DLP) and stereolithography (SLA). DLP uses a light projector to cure a resin layer by layer, while SLA employs a laser to harden the resin. Moreover, Hybrid Photosynthesis utilizes both techniques to create highly detailed and accurate 3D models.

This technology is perfect for producing intricate and complex models with high detail. Furthermore, Hybrid Photosynthesis is already being utilized in various industries, including healthcare, automotive, and aerospace. In healthcare, this technology is used to create anatomical models that aid in surgical planning and implant design. In the automotive industry, it is used to make car product prototypes before mass production. Similarly, in the aerospace industry, it is used to create detailed models of aircraft parts before they are produced on a large scale.

Hybrid Photosynthesis is a game-changer in the 3D printing industry. By leveraging the strengths of both DLP and SLA techniques, this technology can produce a high-quality finished product that is both precise and intricate.

How does Hybrid PhotoSynthesis work?

Our additive manufacturing (AM) process begins with your proficient technicians uploading your CAD file into the machine. First, the technicians decide on the best part orientation to maximize quality and reduce the need for support. Once that’s done, they send the component with supports to the machine’s platform to be sliced layer by layer and translated into instructions for the machine. The HPS machine uses a photochemical process that combines digital light processing and stereolithography. Subsequently, it projects light through an oxygen-permeable membrane into a UV-curable resin and uses a laser for precise details. This step is repeated until the build is complete.

After the build, the proficient technicians manually remove the platform from the Hybrid PhotoSynthesis machine and retrieve the parts. Then, the parts undergo solvent cleaning and UV curing to solidify the outer surface of the component. Finally, the finished details are moved to the finishing department for further processing.

Hybrid PhotoSynthesis (HPS) Illustration

Advantages to Hybrid PhotoSynthesis

Hybrid PhotoSynthesis technology has revolutionized the way products are designed and manufactured. The following are a few of the advantages of laser sintering:

Disadvantages to Hybrid PhotoSynthesis

While there are a lot of advantages to HybridPhotosynthesis, there are also some disadvantages to consider:

 

Hybrid PhotoSynthesis at Prototek

OEM:

Axtra3D

Max Build Area:

9.5 x 5.25 x 19.25 in

Lead Time:

3 – 5 Days

Material:

Loctite3D 3843, S-PRO | Spot A, Ultracur3D 3280

Tolerances:

± 0.005 in for the first inch and ± 0.0015 in/in for each additional inch

Layer Thickness:

Standard Resolution: 0.004 in
Fine Resolution: 0.002 in  

Prototek's Materials

Material

Description

Characteristics

More Information

This material is a semi-flexible resin with moderate temperature resistance up to HDT60, high impact strength, and versatility for various applications. Additionally, it is a high-strength engineering plastic with exceptional impact resistance and a superior surface finish.

  • Black
  • High Detail/High Resolution 
  • High Strength
  • Impact Resistant

This material specializes in prototyping and functional parts. It offers exceptional toughness, impact, fracture resistance, high resolution, and minimal shrinkage for high-performance applications.

  • Grey
  • High Detail/High Resolution 

It is a high-performance photopolymer resin developed for 3D printing applications like HPS. It boasts excellent mechanical properties, including high strength, toughness, and rigidity, which make it ideal for producing functional parts.

  • White
  • High Detail/High Resolution 
  • High Strength
  • Rigid

Design Recommendations

Designing parts with adequate support structures is crucial to prevent them from collapsing during the HPS printing process. These support structures should be easy to remove after printing and should not damage the final part. Additionally, the part’s orientation during printing is also crucial, as it can significantly affect the surface quality and accuracy of the final product.

Furthermore, designers should carefully select a resin for HPS that best suits the intended application of the part, considering factors such as strength, flexibility, and resistance to heat and chemicals. lastly, ensuring that the design files are correctly formatted and error-free is essential to avoid any issues during the Hybrid PhotoSynthesis printing process.

Prototek's Additive Design Poster
Feature Measurement

Connecting & Moving Parts

0.03 in

Escape Holes

0.04 in

Embossing & Engraving

Width: 0.016 in
Height/Depth: 0.016 in

Holes & Openings

0.02 in

Horizontal Spans

0.08 in

Minimum Features

0.008 in

Pin Diameter

0.03 in

Supports & Overhangs

Base Supports Otherwise 45°

Walls (Supported)

0.02 in

Walls (Unsupported)

0.04 in
Feature Measurement

Connecting & Moving Parts

0.7 mm

Escape Holes

1 mm

Embossing & Engraving

Width: 0.4 mm
Height/Depth: 0.4 mm

Holes & Openings

0.5 mm

Horizontal Spans

2 mm

Minimum Features

0.2 mm

Pin Diameter

0.7 mm

Supports & Overhangs

Base Support Otherwise 45°

Walls (Supported)

0.5 mm

Walls (Unsupported)

1 mm

Hybrid PhotoSynthesis Finishes

Employing finishing techniques can significantly enhance the final result of your 3D-printed object. Firstly, sanding the surface can make it smoother, eliminate visible lines, and remove support structure nubs. Applying a clear coat can also create a smooth surface and protect the object from wear and tear. Moreover, priming prepares the object’s surface for painting and helps the paint adhere better. Subsequently, painting adds color, hides remaining visible lines, and improves the object’s appearance. You can use a combination of these techniques depending on your desired outcome. In conclusion, finishing techniques for Hybrid PhotoSynthesis (HPS) help produce visually appealing finished products.

Hybrid PhotoSynthesis Materials (HPS) | Loctite3D 3843
Why choose Prototek for your next Hybrid PhotoSynthesis project?

Prototek is the ideal choice for your next Hybrid PhotoSynthesis project. With extensive experience in 3D printing services, our team of highly skilled engineers can assist you in bringing your project to life. Moreover, our state-of-the-art HPS equipment guarantees precision and accuracy, ensuring that we produce your project promptly and cost-effectively. At Prototek, we are committed to providing high-quality services and guarantee that your end product will meet or exceed your expectations. Our personalized customer service also ensures that we meet all your unique project requirements. By choosing Prototek, you can have confidence that your project is in good hands. Furthermore, our expertise and commitment to excellence will make your decision intelligent.

What do our customers say about us?
They are competitively priced for their services and a very personable team to work with. If you haven't used them - do it! You'll have a lifelong vendor you be happy with that repeatedly goes above and beyond what is asked.
Product Designer
We are extremely happy with the quality of the parts as well as the level of service - thanks!
VP Product Designer

Standard Drill Bit Sizes

Drill Size

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12.700 mm

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17/32 in

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35/64 in

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15.0813 mm

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16.2719 mm

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17.8594 mm

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18.2563 mm

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18.6531 mm

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19.0500 mm

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19.4469 mm

25/32 in

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19.8438 mm

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20.2406 mm

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20.6375 mm

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21.0344 mm

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21.4313 mm

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22.2250 mm

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22.6219 mm

29/32 in

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23.0188 mm

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23.4156 mm

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24.2094 mm

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25.7969 mm

1 1/32 in

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26.1938 mm

1 3/64 in

1.0469 in

26.5906 mm

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1.0781 in

27.3844 mm

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27.7813 mm

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1.1094 in

28.1781 mm

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28.5750 mm

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1.1406 in

28.9719 mm

1 5/32 in

1.1563 in

29.3688 mm

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1.1719 in

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30.1625 mm

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1.2031 in

30.5594 mm

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1.2188 in

30.9563 mm

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1.2344 in

31.3531 mm

1 1/4 in

1.2500 in

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1.2656 in

32.1469 mm

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33.3375 mm

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1.3438 in

34.1313 mm

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1.3906 in

35.3219 mm

1 13/32 in

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1.4219 in

36.1156 mm

1 7/16 in

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36.5125 mm

1 29/64 in

1.4531 in

36.9094 mm

1 15/32 in

1.4688 in

37.3063 mm

1 31/64 in

1.4844 in

37.7031 mm

1 1/2 in

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38.1000 mm