About NextDay stereolithography
Materialise NextDay service
Materialise started a fast Stereolithography service in 1997: the Materialise NextDay service. This was the first 24h service for online ordering of stereolithography prototypes - a revolution within the RP business - which gradually grew into an unrivalled success and still is. We deliver your prototypes in 24 hours when the order is placed before 12 noon CET.
Online quoting and ordering
NextDay concept models are ordered online via www.materialiseonsite.com
1. The quickest way is to go to www.materialiseonsite.com where you can quote and order your STL files.
2. When you want to import file formats other than STL you can also download a free viewer from the website. This STL viewer allows you to visualise your files before connecting to the order site and gives you access to other functionalities like measuring/fixing/annotating.
Since NextDay models are built, finished and delivered within 24 hours it is logical that there are some restrictions with regard to dimensions and finishing.
NextDay prototypes are manufactured with our stereolithography technology, using high-quality epoxy. We have built patented Next Day machines with a 0.15 mm layer thickness that work faster than the standard commercialised Stereolithography-machines. Next Day systems are extremely fast and productive, thanks to a patented curtain recoating technology which minimises the dead time between layers.
The NextDay parts are constructed layer by layer in a liquid polymer that hardens when struck by a laser beam. The laser printed layers are each time lowered together with the vessel's resin level. Afterwards, a small reservoir moves over the vessel and disposes a film of liquid polymer onto the whole vessel. This curtain recoating technology needs less time between layers than the traditional Stereolithography technology which uses a scraper.
This technology enables us to build and ship your models on the same day they were ordered.