Design Studio: 3D Printers
- 3D digital fabrication technique for small, geometrically complex parts.
- All files must be .SLDPRT format.
- Undergraduate coursework only and approved student groups.
- Submit files for 3D Printing. No self-service. TAs manufacture parts for you.
- Recommend design consultation with TAs prior to file submission. See TA Office hours.
About This Machine
- Make/Model: Stratasys F170
- Three machines in house
- Build volume: 10″x10″x10″
- Default Material: ABS Plastic (other materials by request)
Designing for the 3D Printer
Materials & Cost Estimation
- By default, parts will be printed in ABS plastic, and there is no choice on material color.
- Other plastics may be printed by request. See this link for more material options for the available printers.
- There is no charge for use of the 3D printers for class projects; however, you may be asked to estimate part costs. Conservatively, assume $3.25 per cubic inch and estimate part volume on your CAD software.
- (Optional) You can use GrabCAD to preview part print times, orientations, and other print controls. Click here for detailed instructions on using GrabCAD for 3D print previews.
- 3D printing should be used for smaller, geometrically complex shapes that require low-to-medium part durability.
- Consider shelling part designs with large volume envelopes. Avoid overly thin shells (<1 mm), as they do not print well.
- Do NOT 3D print parts that could easily be purchased as off-the-shelf components or manufactured easily by hand. Here are examples of what NOT to print.
- If you are wondering whether 3D printing is the right option for your part, please request a design consultation with one of our TAs. Simply email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 3D printing is an additive manufacturing operation, and this is important to consider in designs that need a particular kind of fit (e.g., press fit, slip fit). See demo boards in The Fab Lab for examples of different types of fits that can be achieved.
- Precision: Our 3D printers have a planar (x-y) accuracy of +/- .002 mm/mm and a z-accuracy of 0.127-0.330 mm for ABS.
- Additional design resources for 3D printed parts:
File Formatting, Submitting, & Processing
- All files submitted for 3D printer must be in SOLIDWORKS Part Document (.SLDPRT) format. Other file types (.stl) are taken by request only.
- Read and carefully follow the design considerations above before submitting a part to be 3D printed.
- Once you’re all ready to submit your part, complete the 3D Print Request Form. It will ask you for the following information.
- Information about your project (course, team number, your contact info)
- Your .SLDPRT file
- A TA will look over your request and will approve or reject your part for processing. The TA will correspond with you on the status of your part.
- It generally takes 7-10 days for processing, and your part will be delivered to you as specified by your particular course, e.g., put into your project bin or pick up in designated location.
- If you have questions about the status of your order, please contact the TAs via email@example.com.
Need Additional Help?
If you need assistance with the 3D printer, please email the TA team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fab Lab TA names and contact information listed below. Fabl Lab TA Office Hours listed here.
Mike Naab, Lead TA email@example.com
Nikki Pilla, Lead TA firstname.lastname@example.org
Jared Amoss, TA email@example.com
Logan Butler, TA firstname.lastname@example.org
Ben Caro, TA email@example.com
Joshua Ginsberg, TA firstname.lastname@example.org
TJ Kaifer, TA email@example.com
Hermelis Reyes, TA firstname.lastname@example.org
Dylan Taylor, TA email@example.com