Whats the difference between PLA and SLA during 3D printing? Can home 3D printers tolerate SLA?

Whats the difference between PLA and SLA during 3D printing? Can home 3D printers tolerate SLA?

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This question is kind of asking to compare apples and oranges, so let me try to clarify.

PLA (Polylacticacid or polylactide) is a type of plastic that is a used as a material for FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) 3D printers. FDM is the type of 3D printer that is most common as a consumer level tech, in which the PLA filament is melted by a hot nozzle and extruded onto the printbed one layer at a time. Once the PLA cools, it hardens and forms your 3D printed object according to the design file that the 3D printer is creating. FDM printers typically use one of two materials, PLA, or ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene). A comparison of the two materials can be found here:The Difference Between ABS and PLA for 3D Printing

SLA (Stereolithography), is an alternative to FDM technology, and uses liquid resins and UV light to create 3D printed objects. This technology hasnt yet been as popular with the consumer market, since FDM has been available, and cheaper, for longer. That is beginning to change though now as companies likeKudo 3DandFormlabscontinue to develop and refine the technology for personal use. Typically, SLA technology comes with increased print speed and resolution compared to FDM technology.

You can find out some more info about FDM vs SLA here:

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What is covered under each Service Level Agreement option for equipment

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Pitney Bowes offers several different Service Level Agreements for equipment. Coverage will depend on which Service Level Agreement (SLA) is purchased and listed on the order. Certain coverage options may not be available for select products, and in certain areas where the equipment is located. Contact your sales representative for availability and details.

Note: SLA doesnotinclude maintenance and support for licensed or subscriptionsoftwareproducts. Software maintenance and support is described in the software maintenance agreement (SMA) for each respective proprietary licensed software product.

Equipment Service Level Options; as of April 2016:

PBI will provide at its option either repair or replacement services for the Covered Equipment during the Initial Service Term or any Renewal Service Term (as defined in Section S3.2) (the Service Term).

You are also entitled to two preventative maintenance service calls per calendar year.

PBI will notify you when preventative maintenance is due or you can request preventative maintenance service.

If PBI determines that replacement is necessary, PBI will, at no additional cost, promptly ship new, reconditioned, or remanufactured equipment of the same or a functionally equivalent model to replace the affected Covered Equipment.

Unless PBI instructs you otherwise, within five (5) days of receiving the replacement equipment, you must pack the Covered Equipment to be replaced in the shipping carton that contained the replacement equipment, place the pre-paid return address label on the carton, and return it to PBI.

You are responsible for Covered Equipment until PBI receives it.

If your Covered Equipment needs repair, PBI may provide repair by remote access, diagnostics and service and/or by on-site repair service

Repair service is provided only for damage resulting from normal wear and tear. Repair service may include the use of new, reconditioned, or remanufactured parts and assemblies.

PBI will provide parts or assemblies for discontinued equipment (or equipment not marketed as new) only if available.

If PBI deems it necessary, PBI will dispatch a service technician to arrive at your location for onsite service. You will not incur hourly charges unless service is performed outside Normal Working Hours, which will be done only with your consent.

PBI will provide printheads for Covered Equipment without additional charge, except for printheads which need to be replaced as a result of any Excluded Circumstance

Under this option, PBI will provide the following support to all clients who are eligible to receive Performance SLA in accordance with PBIs policies and who have elected this option:

All coverage provided under Standard SLA.

Quarterly performance reports made available on Your Account at pitneybowes.com

One two hour application consultation for your

If PBI determines that on-site service is necessary, PBI will use commercially reasonable efforts to have a service technician on-site (during Normal Working Hours only) within 4 hours or 8 hours, as specified on the Order, after PBI has determined that it cannot resolve the issue remotely (the Response Time Commitment)

The Response Time Commitment relates solely to the arrival of a technician at your location; it is not a guaranteed resolution of the problem within the Response Time Commitment period, nor does it guarantee that all parts necessary to make a repair will be on-site within this time frame.

The Response Time Commitment does not apply to Service designated as service by replacement, relocation services, software maintenance, preventative maintenance, operator training, or other services not essential to repair the Covered Equipment.

If the Covered Equipment is moved from its original location, PBI may, at its option, remove the Response Time Commitment. If this happens, you will receive Standard SLA and we will adjust the SLA charges payable by you appropriately.

Liquidated Damages for Failure to Meet Response Time Commitment

PBI agrees that if it does not meet the Response Time Commitment, PBI will provide you with a credit equal to the difference between the cost of Standard SLA and Performance SLA for three (3) months.

You must use a credit request form to request a credit. You may obtain a credit form from your service technician or by calling the Customer Care Center. The credits are limited to credits for four (4) failures to meet the Response Time Commitment in any twelve (12) month period during the Service Term. These remedies are your sole remedy for PBIs failure to meet the Response Time Commitment.

S2.1 You will pay the SLA fees for the Initial Service Term and any Renewal Service Term(s).

S2.2 We may, after the Initial Service Term, increase SLA fees which will be reflected on your invoice.

S2.3 If the service technician provides service for repairs caused by any Excluded Circumstance, PBI will charge you for the service at PBIs current hourly rates and for any required parts.

AUTOMATICALLY RENEWS FOR CONSECUTIVE ONE (1) YEAR TERMS (EACH, A RENEWAL SERVICE TERM), UNLESS:

(a) YOU TERMINATE SERVICE UNDER SECTION S3.3; OR (b) THE LEASE EXPIRES OR IS TERMINATED (IN WHICH CASE, THE SERVICE TERM WILL TERMINATE ON THE SAME DAY AS THE LEASE); OR (c) THE RENEWAL IS PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW.

If you do not wish to renew Service, you must deliver a written notice (the Termination Notice) at least sixty (60) days prior to the renewal of the term to us at 2225 America Drive, Neenah, WI 54956. Your Termination Notice must include your customer account number or CAN and lease number (if applicable).

PBI reserves the right not to renew your SLA for any reason.

PBI may modify its Service by giving written notice to you (a Service Change Notice), which will state whether the change is material.

After receiving a Service Change Notice, if the change is material, you may terminate Service as described in Section S3.3.

These terms apply to all Service options:

(a) Limitations. Service does not include services and repairs that are made necessary due to any Excluded Circumstance.

(b) Additional Exclusions. Service excludes the supply of postal and carrier rate changes and Consumable Supplies.

If you replace any of your Covered Equipment during the Service Term, and the replacement Equipment qualifies for Services, PBI will automatically enroll you for maintenance coverage on the new Equipment at PBIs then current annual rates.

If you acquire an attachment, or add a unit, to your ,Covered Equipment, PBI will provide coverage for any qualifying attachment or unit and adjust your rate accordingly.

If you choose not to continue coverage on the replacement Equipment, attachment or unit, you may cancel Service for the item within thirty (30) days of the date of your initial invoice for the item from PBI. If you cancel, any further maintenance or repair services on the Equipment, attachment or unit will be subject to PBIs current rates.

(d) Rental Equipment. With respect to Equipment which is rented, the Standard SLA will apply at no additional charge.

Refer toPitney Bowes Terms and Conditionsfor additional information.