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

 

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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.

Stratasys F370

Location- Fab Lab
Access- Fabrication Director
Build Volume- 14 x 10 x 14in. (356 x 254x 356mm)
Layer Resolution- up to 0.005  (0.13mm)
Material option- ASA, ABS, TPU
Supports- Dissolvable Build Supports
Color Options- Varies by material
Charges- Machine Operation Charges

 

Lulzbot

Taz 6 Single Extruder
Location- Fab Lab & A+A
Access- Cloud based, assistance Fabrication Director
Build Volume- 280 x 280 x 250mm
Layer Resolution- 0.1mm-0.5mm
Minimum Recommended Thickness- 0.6mm
Supports- Breakaway Supports
Color Options- White, 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- Fabrication Director
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 
Location- Fab Lab
Access- Cloud based, assistance Fabrication Director
Build Volume- 152 x 152 x 158mm
Layer Resolution- 0.1mm-0.4mm
Supports- Breakaway
Color options- White
Charges- No charge for use for class or research

 

Prusa i3 Mk3

Location- Fab Lab
Access- Cloud based, assistance Fabrication Director
Build Volume- 250x 210 x 210mm
Layer Resolution- 0.05mm-0.35mm
Supports- Breakaway Supports
Color options- White, 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:

3DPrinterOS

3dPrinterOS- First Run/Initial set-up-Video

3dPrinterOS- Basic use- Coming soon
PDF Tutorial-3DPrinterOS Guildines.

 

 

Tutorials: