3D printing

Overview

The Rapid Prototyping Centre offers a variety of 3D printing options for everything from jewellery making, product design prototyping, mould making and even model building.

Equipment

Lulzbot TAZ FDM printer

Build envelope: 280 mm x 280 mm x 250 mm (11.02 in x 11.02 in x 9.8 in)
Material: Silver PLA
https://www.lulzbot.com/store/printers/lulzbot-taz-6

Lulzbot mini FDM printer

Build envelope: 160mm x 160mm x 180mm (6.30in x 6.30in x 7.09in)
Material: Silver PLA
https://www.lulzbot.com/store/printers/lulzbot-mini-2/specifications

uPrint SE FDM printer

Build Envelope: 203mm x 203mm x 152 mm (8in x 8in x 6in)
Material: Gray ABS + soluble support
http://usglobalimages.stratasys.com/Main/Files/Machine_Spec_Sheets/PSS_FDM_uPrintSE.pdf

Formlabs Form 2 SLA printer

Build envelope: 145mm x 14mm x 175mm (5.7in x 5.7in x 6.9in)
Materials: Castable Wax, Clear Resin, Black Resin, White Resin, Gray Pro, Tough, Durable, Flexible, Draft
https://formlabs.com/3d-printers/form-2/

Pricing and Materials

Cost of 3D printing depends on a combination of material used and the time it takes to print. Each type of printer has a slightly different pricing model. Please refer to this chart for a material and cost comparison: 3D Printing Comparison

If you have a model you are thinking of printing, feel free to stop by the shop to discuss printing options.

Preparing your files

In order to print a model, you will need to provide water-tight STL file that fits within the build envelope of the machine you are looking to print with.

We only accept files in person, as all students will need to review their file with a technician to ensure that it is printable.

Additional resources

For help working with Rhino:
https://www.ocadu.ca/services/it/wireless-and-web-services/lynda.htm

Additional reading on how to make sure you’re making a printable file:
https://wiki.mcneel.com/rhino/faqclosedsolids