Design Studio: 3D Printers

Quick Start

  • All files must be SOLIDWORKS Part Document (.SLDPRT) format.
  • 3D printed objects must:
    • Be for an undergrad department class.
    • NOT be easily fabricated in the Pit or Shop
    • NOT be primarily slabs with overly thick masses
    • NOT be shapes with overly thin features (must be greater than 1mm thick)
    • Be submitted to allow 3-4 working days for review & consult if needed.
  • Submit files for printing
  • FabLab TA Office hours

About These Machines

Stratasys F170 (Download Manual)

  • Build Volume
    • 254 x 254 x 254 mm [10 x 10 x 10 in.]
  • Layer Thickness
  0.330mm 0.245mm 0.178mm 0.127mm
PLA   X    
ABS X X X X
ASA X X X X
PC-ABS X X X X
TPU 92A   X    
  • XY Precision Accuracy
    • Parts are produced within an accuracy of +/- .200 mm (.008 in),
      or +/- .002 mm/mm (.002 in/in), whichever is greater.

MakerBot Replicator

  • Build Volume
    • 25.2 L x 19.9 W x 15.0 H cm [9.9 x 7.8 x 5.9 in]
  • Layer Thickness
    • 100 microns [0.0039 in]
  • XY Positioning Precision
    • 11 Microns [0.0004 in]
  • Z Positioning Precision
    • 2.5 Microns [0.0001 in]

How to Use

Want something 3D printed?

3D printing Do’s

  • Unique parts with specific dimensional tolerances needed to match something existing.
  • Minimize or shell, solid masses as much as possible.
  • Submit request 3-4 working days in advance for review & to allow for print time.

3D printing Don’ts

  • Something easily fabricated in shop, such as: slabs, boxes, cylinders etc.
  • Avoid extremely large (laptop), small (penny), excessively thick (>1/2”) or thin (<0.06”)
  • Example of what NOT to print.

Some useful resources:

Need Additional Help?

Contact a Fab Lab TA for more information.

Zachary Conroy, Co-Lead zconroy@udel.edu

Christina Le Febvre, Co-Lead celefeb@udel.edu

Mike Naab, TA mnaab@udel.edu

Nikki Pilla, TA npilla@udel.edu

Hannah Wiswell, TA hwiswell@udel.edu

Fab Lab TA Office Hours

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