3D printing

Overview

The RP Centre has two kinds of 3D printers that offer printing at different price points.

3D printing can be a very slow process, and it doesn’t always work on the first try, please allow for enough time to deal with issues that may arise.

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)
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)
https://www.lulzbot.com/store/printers/lulzbot-mini-2/specifications

We only offer printing in silver PLA on the Lulzbot printers.

Formlabs Form 2 SLA printer

Build envelope: 145mm x 14mm x 175mm (5.7in x 5.7in x 6.9in)
https://formlabs.com/3d-printers/form-2/

Pricing and Materials

Cost of printing on the Lulzbot printers depends on the amount of material used and the time it takes to print.

Cost of printing on the Formlabs 2 depends on the material used. This cost varies depending on material. Please see this chart for a material and cost comparison:

3D Printing Comparison

Preparing your files

Students will need to provide water-tight STL file that fits within the build envelope of the machine they 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