3D printing is an additive manufacturing process. This means materials such as plastic and resin can be ‘printed’ in layers to gradually build up and form complex structures and objects.
Our 3D printers use several types of materials, including plastics, resin and powder, and can be used for both prototyping and production.
The Makerbot Replicator+ is a low-cost FDM desktop 3D printer. Replicator+ is a PLA only printer with a flex plate for easy part removal. The digital models can be solid with overhangs as support and infill is automatically generated.
The minimum recommended thickness is around 1.5mm, with a maximum build envelope of 295mm x 195mm x 165mm (11.6” x 7.6” x 6.5”). Layer Resolution is 100 microns
The Dimension printer is an FDM printer that uses ABS thermoplastic. The machine prints a soluble support structure around the part. The parts are then put in a heated circulator bath for several hours to remove the support. The support is automatic and is required, costing the same as the model, though the usage can vary widely depending on the geometry.
The minimum recommended thickness is 1mm for straight walls and 2mm for slanted or curved elements. The maximum build envelope is 203mm x 203mm x 304mm (8" x 8" x 12"). Each layer horizontal resolution is 0.25mm–0.33mm.
Please note that large jobs utilizing the “Z” height of the envelope can take up to 72 hours to complete.
The PROJET 660 printer uses a high strength gypsum composite powder. The printer uses a specially designed glue to bond the powder together. Models should be made hollow leaving enough wall thickness for strength. The minimum thickness will vary based on structure, and size of model.
The minimum recommended thickness is 2–3 mm, with a maximum build envelope of 254mm x 381mm x 203mm (10" x 12" x 8"). Finishes include natural finish, ZBond, and waxed
The ProJet MJP 3600 Series is a plastic multi-material 3D printer series and the latest in 3D Systems’ MultiJet Printing (MJP) line of 3D printers. This MultiJet device was designed to create high-fidelity and high-performance parts.
The minimum recommended thickness is 1mm for walls and 2mm for horizontal elements. The maximum build envelope is 295mm x 180m m x 200mm, and a layer resolution of 0.03mm
1-Once STL file integrity is verified, download and fill out the 3D Print Submission Form , then send it to CAADLabs_3Dprinters@aus.edu . Indicate which 3D Printer you want to use in the email subject line. At the same time drop your .STL file in the CAAD Labs Students ‘classes’ folder. Emailed files or native digital model files won’t be accepted.
2- CAAD Labs staff will check if everything is in order and release the files. Once the print is ready, CAAD Labs Staff will send you a notification email with payment and pickup instructions.
Students do not have access to this lab. Files are run by CAAD Labs staff and trained lab assistants only. Please contact our Digital Fabrication Labs Specialist for additional information.
Please refer to Appendix C of the CAAD Labs’ Policies and Procedures Manual for this lab’s policies, along with other general lab policies.