I have been running our SLA5000 since April. The only two problems we
The first 2 weeks we had sporadic results, 3D replaced the beam profiler
That resolved our problems.
The 2nd, in June we had the Zephyr pump replaced. That's it!
We have not had a crash since June. This machine runs better than any
that I have used in 10 years!
As for power, we are in Florida the Lighting capital of the world. We do
not have any
special conditioned power and I have never checked the volts. Power has
been a problem, but 3D Systems is famous for blaming problems on power
with our SLA-500.
Which resin are you using?
Call me if you have any questions, I'd be glad to help.
James P. Harrison Director Of Operations
3Dimensional Engineering www.3de.net; email@example.com
2991 N. Powerline Rd. Pompano Beach, FL. 33069
954-972-9906 (phone) 954-972-8903 (fax)
On Thu, 6 Aug 1998 15:18:31 -0400 Dave Pinkston <DPinkston@masco-rd.com>
>Hope you can shed some light on this.
>Sorry, what your about to read may seem harsh. I'm frustrated, and I
>would like some real answers. I know there may not be any direct
>but I'm trying to reach out to as mush help as I can. Thanks in
>We've been running this equipment for 5 weeks and there seems to be a
>high rate of failures. These failures conclude in a sweeper stall.
>(typical right?) 3D Systems has gone through all the settings and
>and seem to not be able to give me a definite "here is the problem"
>response. We/they change a setting and run it again. The build may
>or fail, or it fails on the next build, which indicates the changed
>settings where not the problem. We've had 5 consecutive good builds
>within this time period which to me is unacceptable.
>Now for my questions:
>Has any other SLA5000 users had similar problems?
> If so what did you do for it?
>What is the acceptable build failure rate for SLA machines? (I know
>One concern is our power source. It will fluctuate from 207 to 246
>volts. does any one have any data on what effect this has on 1) the
>laser as it draws, 2) the life span of the laser, 3) the mirror servo
>motors during the draw, 4) other parts of the operations? I can not
>any suggestion in the site preparation guide as to supplying
>power. Do you have condictioned power for the SLA5000? What kind,
>size, and where?
>Knowing that 3D Systems monitors this list, is there someone there
>has any input to this situation. Please respond to me directly. I'm
>trying to keep my managers and VP's calm but there is a lot of money
>involved and you can see their concern. Meantime promises where made
>our costumes and those are not being met.
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