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Printer Overview

We are currently running four varieties of additive-layer manufacturing machines in our labs:

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 MakerBot 2 Fused-Deposition Printer – Parts are generated by extruding a thin filament of Polylactic Acid (PLA) to create successive layers 0.1, 0.2, or 0.3 mm thick. The maximum build volume is 11.2″ x 6″ x 6.1″, and printing costs $2 per cubic inch of material. Our machine is traditionally using black material.

Original Prusa I3 MK3 kit

 Prusa i3 MK3 Fused-Deposition Printer – Parts are generated by extruding a thin filament of PLA, ABS, PET, HIPS, and many other materials to create successive layers 0.1, 0.2, or 0.3 mm thick. The maximum build volume is 9.84″ x 8.3″ x 8.3″, and printing costs $2 per cubic inch of material or you can provide your own 1.75 mm material spool for no cost printing. Our machine is traditionally using black material.

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ProJet 6000 Stereolithography Printer – Parts are built by using a laser to trace part layers in a photoreactive polymer vat, causing them to harden into 0.002″ or 0.004″ thick layers. The maximum build volume is 10″ x 10″ x 10″, and printing costs $20 per cubic inch of model material.

Objet30 Photopolymer Printer– Parts are created from a photopolymer (material datasheet – see VeroBlack) in layers only 28 microns (0.0011″) thick. The maximum build volume is 11.5″ x 7.5″ x 5.75″, and printing costs $0.62 per gram (or $12 per cubic inch) of model and support material. Material changes incur an additional $30 charge — users will be notified if this is necessary.

Fortus 450mc Fused-Deposition Printer– Parts are generated by extruding a thin filament of ABS, ASA, Nylon 12, or ULTEM to create successive layers ranging from 0.005″ to 0.013″ thick. The maximum build volume is 16″ x 14″ x 16″, and printing costs $12 per cubic inch of both model and support material. Our machine is traditionally set for 0.005″ in ASA. For any changes in material or resolution please allow for more lead time.

 


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3D Printing Process Comparison

3D Printer MakerBot 2 Prusa i3 Fortus 450mc Objet30 Projet 6000HD
Materials in Stock  PLA  PLA, ABS ABS 30

ASA

Nylon 12

Ultem 9085

VeroBlack (ABS-like) & VeroWhite

Material Datasheet (see VeroGray)

VisiJet® SL Clear (Polycarbonate-like)

Material Datasheets

Layer Resolutions Available 0.1 mm (0.004 in.)

0.2 mm (0.008 in.)

0.3 mm (0.012 in.)

0.1 mm (0.004 in.)

0.2 mm (0.008 in.)

0.005 in. (0.13 mm)

0.007 in. (0.18 mm)

0.010 in. (0.25 mm)

0.013 in. (0.33 mm)

(Sometimes material dependent)

28µ (0.0011 in.) 0.002 in. (0.051 mm)

0.004 in. (0.1 mm)

Separate Model and Support Material? No No Yes Yes No
Support Removal Physically by operators Physically by operators ABS/ASA/Nylon- NaOH Dissolved

PC/Ultem- Physical Removal

Physically by water jet Physically by operators during post-processing and by Isopropyl Alcohol bath
Maximum Build Volume 11.2″ x 6″ x 6.1″ 9.84″ x 8.3″ x 8.3″ 16″ x 14″ x 16″ 11.5″ x 7.5″ x 5.75″ 10″ x 10″ x 10″
Cost $2/in3

Academic Prints just need to supply department and course number.

$2/in3

Academic Prints just need to supply department and course number. Can also supply your own 1.75 mm PLA/ABS

$12/in3

Academic Prints just need to supply department and course number

0.62/gram, approximately $20/in3

Academic Prints just need to supply department and course number

$20/in3

Academic Prints just need to supply department and course number

Typical Support Volume (as % of original model volume) 25% 25% 40% 80% 5%
Additional Benefits  Faster turn around time, multiple available  Faster turn around time and material options Material options, large build volume Good for mold making, high resolution Extremely high resolution, can be optically clear

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Choosing a Machine

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