3D Printing Translate your project visions into physical, three-dimensional models.

Our college is home to many 3D printing options.  There’s a type for just about every need.

 

FDM: Fused Disposition Modeling

The most popular type of three-dimensional printing (3D) and the most readily available within the college is “fused disposition modeling.” FDM printers work by laying thin layers of melted thermoplastic material on top of one another to form a shape. As the material cools it will harden to form your 3D object.

3D Options

  • A Stratasys Dimension:  Prints with dissolvable supports and is great for complex objects requiring hard to remove supports.
  • Three Lulzbot Taz 6s:  Two with standard single extruders, one with a larger output nozzle, allowing rapid creation of simple prints.
  • Two Lulzbot mini’s: One with a standard single ruder, the other specialized flexible filament extruder)
  • Multiple Flashforge creators (currently 16 units):  Some are accessible 24 hours/day.

These options give you an opportunity to decide which machine/s will create your products/objects to meet your requirements.

Dimension 1200 SST

Location- Fab Lab
Access-Digital Fabrication Supervisor
Build Volume- 10 x 10 x 12in. (254 x 254x 305mm)
Layer Resolution- 0.01 or 0.013 in. (0.33 or 0.25mm)
Minimum Recommended Thickness- 0.04″
Supports- Dissolvable Build Supports
Color Options- White
Charges- Machine Operation Charges

 

Lulzbot

Taz 6 Single Extruder
Location- Fab Lab
Access- Self-serve, assistance Digital Fabrication Supervisor
Build Volume- 280 x 280 x 250mm
Layer Resolution- 0.1mm-0.5mm
Minimum Recommended Thickness- 0.6mm
Supports- Breakaway Supports
Color Options- Black or Grey Filament supplied, others supplied by user
Charges- No charge for use for class or research; all other use (see charges)

Taz 6 (MoARstruder)
(Rapid printing by using a larger bead dia.)
Location- Fab Lab
Access- Digital Fabrication Supervisor
Build Volume- 280 x 280 x 250mm
Layer Resolution- 0.5mm-1.4mm
Minimum Recommended Thickness- 0.9mm
Supports- Not recommended
Color options- Black or Grey Filament supplied, other options supplied by user
Charges- No charge for use for class or research

Mini (Flexistruder)
(Provides the ability to print flexible filaments)
Location- Fab Lab
Access- Digital Fabrication Supervisor
Build Volume- 152 x 152 x 158mm
Layer Resolution- 0.1mm-0.4mm
Minimum Recommended Thickness- 0.6mm
Supports- Not recommended
Color options- Supplied by user
Charges- No charge for use for class or research

 

Flashforge Creator X

(available 24 hours/day)
Location- A+A Building and Fab Lab
Access- Self-serve, assistance Digital Fabrication Supervisor
Build Volume- 225 x 145 x 130mm
Layer Resolution- 0.0039″-0.011″ (0.1mm-0.3mm)
Supports- Breakaway Supports
Color options- Black or Grey Filament supplied, other options supplied by user
Charges- No charge, but available only for class projects or research

 

Stereolithography

Printers using Stereolithography technology use a beam of UV light to cure a photopolymer resin. When light hits the resin, the resin hardens, giving you a high resolution 3D model of the object you had modeled.

 

Formlabs Form 2
Location- Fab Lab
Access- Accessible through Digital Fabrication Supervisor
Build Volume- 5.7 x 5.7 x 6.9in. (125 x 125x 165mm)
Layer Resolution- 0.001-0.008in. (0.025- 0.2mm)
Supports- Breakaway Supports
Color options- Grey, White, others by request (depending on print quantity)
Charges- Machine Operation Charges

 

3D Printing

Not a misprint…This type of printer is the original type of 3D printer and a close relative to the traditional home 2D inkjet printers. This range of printer works by placing layers of powder on top each other, using a binding agent between each layer.

Zcorp z310+
Location- Fab Lab
Access- Accessible through Digital Fabrication Supervisor
Build Volume- 8 x 10 x 8in. (203 x 254x 203mm)
Layer Resolution- 0.0035-0.008in. (0.089- 0.203mm) Minimum Recommended Thickness- 0.125″
Supports- Supported during printing process
Color options- White
Charges- Machine Operation Charges

Questions and training about this technology should be directed to our Digital Fabrication Supervisor Craig Gillam. Before sending an email, check out one of these documents created for your reference by Mr. Gillam:

 

How-to Guides:

Lulzbot

Cura Download

 

Flashforge

Download Makerbot Desktop

 

Tutorials:

Lynda.com:  All UT students have access to Lynda.com.

Here are some specific links related to 3D printing:

 

As you watch these tutorials, remember that although the printers available to you are similar in operation to the ones covered in these tutorials, some differences in operation do exist. Please reference the available PDF documents, linked within the videos.  In particular, disregard information about the Makerbot 5th generation, and concentrate on the Replicator 2 series printers.