Basics of UV-Curable 3D Printing
Basics of UV-Curable 3D Printing provides an overview of the chemistry and technology behind the ultraviolet (UV) curing component of the three dimensional (3D) printing process. UV-cured 3D printed products are often considered the highest quality currently achievable.
This self-paced, online course accommodates workplace and other demands. You may participate as your schedule allows. You will be able to easily pick up where you have left off and go directly to specific sections for review or to proceed. Now offering 5 convenient start dates; beginning January 2nd, February 1st, March 1st, April 3rd, and May 1st. Register now and complete each of these 4-6 hour courses at your own pace.
For information about Registration and Fees, please see below
Because of a US Department of Labor grant to support and advance curing training and education awarded to RadTech and SUNY-ESF, we are able to offer this short course at a significantly reduced rate of:
$295, with an additional 10% discount for RadTech members.
What You Will Learn
You will learn the basic language and concepts of UV curing technology and how it applies to 3D printing. The various modules will provide a broad overview of the science, materials, equipment and processes used in UV-curable 3D printing. This short-course will not address other areas of 3D printing such as the software required, computer modeling or 3D printing techniques such as extrusion (FDM) or sintering/melting (SLS).
Why is UV-Curing in 3D Printing Important?
UV light serves as the energy source that cures (instead of dries) specially formulated coatings, inks, adhesives, composites and other materials in a more rapid and sustainable manner than traditional water-based or solvent systems. As such, UV was one of the earliest technologies adapted for 3D printing as stereolithography (SLA). In SLA, as the UV laser shifts position, it continuously cures regions of polymer resulting in a solidified 3D structure. The inherent chemistries create a high resolution finished product considered to be one of the best, if not the best quality.
This short-course consists of six learning modules, each consisting of an online presentation and self-assessment. upon registration, you will receive registration confirmation and login instructions. Program staff are available to assist with questions and to facilitate participation.
The online approach, typically referred to as "asynchronous," enables you to move through the course at your own pace, to stop and to come back where you left off and, most importantly, provides you with a simple and flexible way to navigate the course. Unlike traditional videos that are viewed passively, our instructional team has adapted an approach that puts you at the center of the instruction.
- 3D Printing and UV Technology: Introduces the role of UV-curing in the 3D printing market and an overview of UV-curing's impact on 3D printing
- Overview of Polymers: Covers polymeric materials and shape formulation, including differences in various polymers.
- UV Chemistry: Explores the components of UV formulations and the chemical reactions that convert the liquid formulation into a polymer network.
- Photocuring: Illuminates the processes by which light energy is used to begin the chemical reactions.
- Energy Curable Materials: Discusses the inventory of the various classes of chemicals typically used in UV formulations.
- Safety and Handling of UV-Curable Chemistry: Focuses on the fundamentals and safety considerations of UV-curable chemistry.
- Where Do We Go From Here: Summarizes Basics of UV-Curable 3D Printing and describes briefly supplemental information and follow-up training/education programs that may benefit you and your organization.
3D Printing has enormous potential and has already demonstrated significant growth. This new short course provides timely and valuable insights into this rapidly evolving technology and its various applications. Learning the basics of this technology will empower you to make more informed decisions about 3D printer development and final product design.
You will learn:
- The basic components of an energy/radiation curing system and process.
- The core nomenclature of polymeric systems.
- How UV curing is used in 3D printing.
- The considerations and limitations of using UV-curable chemistry in 3D printing.
Who Should Participate?
- Potential end users who will benefit from understanding the basics behind UV-curable 3D printing.
- Current end users who would like to better understand the technology and have the opportunity to get critical questions answered.
- Engineers, scientists, and other technical staff working on developing UV-curable 3D printing who want a solid understanding of the technology.
- Sales representatives in the 3D printer market who want to improve their responses to their customers.
- Marketing and business managers.
- Regulatory agency staff who want to learn about this more sustainable technology.
- People within the energy curing or related industries or in related academic programs (e.g. chemistry, chemical engineering, polymer chemistry, material science, industrial design, biochemistry, physics) with a professional, research or development interest in 3D printer technology who need a foundational understanding of the field.
Lead Instructor and Course Development:
Dr. Mike Idacavage, Vice President of Business Development, Colorado Photopolymer Solutions; Adjunct Professor, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Participants receive a certificate of course participation at the completion of the course.
Registration Cost: $295 (RadTech member discount: $265.50)
Billing: Credit card payment is due upon registration, unless prior arrangements are made.
- RadTech International North America members receive a 10% discount with a valid promotional code.
- RadTech Non-members will receive a free one-year individual RadTech membership upon registration. Please contact Gary Cohen, RadTech Executive Director for more details.
- Group Discount: Three or more participants from the same organization will receive a 20% discount per person, per course.
Must be submitted by email. Full refunds will be given up to 30 days prior to the start of the program or if the course is cancelled due to the minimum enrollment not being met. Due to program demand and pre-program preparations, cancellations received 29-11 days prior to the start of the program are subject to a fee of 10% of the program cost. Cancellations received within 10 days prior to the start of the program and no-shows are subject to the full program cost. Cancellation fees are based upon the date the request is received.