Solid imaging apparatus and methods for use are disclosed that reduce the amount of uncured solid imaging build material remaining on a completed build object following the completion of the solid imaging build process. The amount of uncured build material is reduced through the use of either an uncoating web that removes excess build material from the build object during the course of the building process or an ink jet source of build material that uses only as much build material as is necessary for the fabrication of the build part. Also disclosed is an imager assembly for use with such a solid imaging apparatus that incorporates two or more individual imagers in an array and accounts for variations in the intensity and alignment of adjacent imagers. The apparatus can be modified for semi-continuous operation and for integrating into a manufacturing operation, if desired.
5094935 Method and apparatus for fabricating three dimensional objects from photoformed precursor sheets
5158858 Solid imaging system using differential tension elastomeric film
5122441 Method for fabricating an integral three-dimensional object from layers of a photoformable composition
5474719 Method for forming solid objects utilizing viscosity reducible compositions
5391072 Solid imaging apparatus having a semi-permeable film
5429908 Exposure method for reducing distortion in models produced through solid imaging by forming a non-continuous image of a pattern which is then imaged to form a continuous hardened image of the pattern
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