What is 3D Printing? 3D printing, a popular term for what is now known as additive manufacturing (AM), refers to various processes used to synthesize a three-dimensional object. In additive manufacturing processing, successive layers of material are formed under computer control to create the object. These objects can be of almost any shape or geometry and are produced from digital model data, 3D model or other electronic data sources such as an Additive Manufacturing File (AMF) file.
An Ultimaker 3 is available for use in the computer lab located on the lower level of Gambrell Hall. The Ultimaker 3 has an award-winning performance according to 3D Hubs, All3DP, Tom's Guide, and more. Dual extrusion build volume: (197 x 215 x 300 mm (7.8 x 8.5 x 11.8 inches).
- Ultra-high-resolution settings
- Up to 20 micron (0.001 inch) print layers
- Open filament system – print with any 2.85 mm material.
- Up to 280 °C nozzle temperature.
With this technology, you can create functional prototype models or make end-use parts for your engineering applications.
Video Demo of our printer:
Cost To Print:
$00.19 a gram
Expected Completion Time:
PLA - Created from processing any number of plant products including corn, potatoes or sugar beets, PLA is considered a more 'earth friendly' plastic compared to petroleum-based ABS. Used primarily in food packaging and containers, PLA can be composted at commercial compost facilities. It won't biodegrade in your backyard or home compost pile, however. It is naturally transparent and can be colored to various degrees of translucency and opacity. Also strong, and more rigid than ABS, it is occasionally more difficult to work with in complicated interlocking assemblies and pin-joints. Printed objects will generally have a glossier look. With a little more work, PLA can also be sanded and machined. The lower melting temperature of PLA makes it unsuitable for many applications as even parts spending the day in a hot car can droop and deform.
*Please note we are currently only using PLA black and white for material.
ABS Plastic - The most important mechanical properties of ABS are impact resistance and toughness. A variety of modifications can be made to improve impact resistance, toughness, and heat resistance. The impact resistance can be amplified by increasing the proportions of polybutadiene in relation to styrene and also acrylonitrile, although this causes changes in other properties. Impact resistance does not fall off rapidly at lower temperatures. Stability under load is excellent with limited loads. Thus, by changing the proportions of its components, ABS can be prepared in different grades. Generally, ABS would have useful characteristics within a temperature range from −20 to 80 °C (−4 to 176 °F).
Get started with your 3D project
You must submit a .STL file to get started with your own 3D project. We will review your file and quote you a price for the 3D print, then send you an email when your build is ready to be picked up.