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Axtra3D Lumia Hybrid PhotoSynthesis Machine

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What is Hybrid PhotoSynthesis?

Midwest Prototyping has been at the forefront of promoting technologies and solutions that will benefit and impact our customers’ prototypes and end-use parts.  We are excited to be the first additive manufacturer in the United States to adopt Axtra3D’s new technology, Hybrid PhotoSynthesis, that blends stereolithography and digital light processing to create highly accurate and efficient 3D prints.

This Hybrid PhotoSynthesis Technology is fast while maintaining incredibly smooth surface areas like injection molding.  The Axtra3D Lumia offers a substantially larger build area than most 4k DLP machines with a 45-micron resolution.  For more information about Axtra3D and their machines, visit their website in our opinion, this technology is very cool.

How does Hybrid PhotoSynthesis work?

Our AM Technicians upload your CAD file into the machine, and the software breaks it down layer by layer. The AM Technicians consider the direction and the supports’ placement when they set up the part. The Hybrid Photosynthesis machine combines digital light processing and stereolithography by using a photochemical process by projecting light through an oxygen-permeable into a UV-curable resin and using a laser for fine details. This step repeats until the build is complete.

Once finished, the AM Technician removes the platform from the machine, and the parts are manually removed and cleaned using solvents. From there, parts get cured using a UV cycle to solidify the outer surface of the component. Then the components go to the finishing department.

Ideal Applications for Hybrid PhotoSynthesis

Since Hybrid PhotoSynthesis  3D printers use production-grade materials, it’s a suitable technology for parts throughout the product development cycle, from prototypes to end-use components. 




Structural Brackets



Lighting Covers


Hybrid PhotoSynthesis at Midwest Prototyping



Max Build Area:

9.5 x 5.25 x 19.25 in

Lead Time:

3 – 5 Days


LOCTITE, S-Pro, Tough Clear


±.005 in for the first inch and ±.0015 in for each additional inch

Layer Resolution:

Standard Resolution: .004 in
Fine Resolution: .002 in  

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How does Hybrid PhotoSynthesis work?

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Hybrid PhotoSynthesis Materials



Key Characteristics

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Semi-flexible resin with moderate temperature resistance HDT60, high impact strength, and versatility for various applications.

  • Black
  • Flexible
  • High Strength
  • Impact Resistant


S-Pro is a high resistance to impact and fracture, providing great thermal resilience properties with no deformation. Maintains high dimensional stability and ensures minimal shrinkage during printing and post-curing.

  • Grey
  • High Strength
  • High Thermal Resistance
  • Impact Resistant

Tough Clear

A translucent/clear, production-grade material engineered to offer long-term, environmental UV, humidity stability, chemical compatible, and has thermoplastic-like mechanical properties.

  • Clear/Translucent
  • Chemical Resistant
  • High Strength
  • Moisture Resistant
  • UV Stability

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Hybrid PhotoSynthesis Finishing and Post-Processing Levels




Support faces are sanded, and layer lines are visible.


Support faces are sanded, and the entire part is bead-blasted for a matte/opaque finish with some layer lines visible (black will appear grey).

Improved Exterior

Exterior (cosmetic) surfaces are sanded, and the entire part is bead-blasted for a smooth matte finish.

Improved All

All accessible surfaces are sanded, and the entire part is bead-blasted for a smooth matte finish.


Natural finish with clear coat. The layer lines are still visible.

Improved Clear

All accessible surfaces are sanded smooth with a clear coat for optimal clarity on transparent materials.

Primed Exterior

Exterior (cosmetic) surfaces are sanded, bead-blasted, and primed grey.

Primed All

All accessible surfaces are sanded, bead-blasted, and primed grey.


All accessible surfaces are sanded, bead-blasted, primed, and painted (provide a drawing with your paint specifications).


Custom finish. Let us know if your project requires special finishing. Please fill out our engineer-assisted quote form.

"We are constantly evaluating new technologies, trying to find those that will not only improve our business and our service to our customers but also move the industry forward. Over the past twenty years, this has included testing and development of hardware, software, materials, and post-processing techniques. Along the way, we have established a reputation as innovators and successful early adopters.  We first connected with the Axtra 3D team over a year ago and immediately recognized the Lumia printer as a technology with the opportunity to be transformational. Fast forward to today, after much collaboration between our teams, I am thrilled to have the first machine in the world already making parts in our facility."

Axtra3d Hybrid PhotoSynthesis Technology build envelope

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