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Revision as of 18:33, 23 March 2020

The Idea Shop offers five different types of 3D printers for users to choose from, with variations in material, price point, durability, printing speed, and overall finish. Use this guide to choose which printer will best suit your project.

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

uPrint Plus

Main Article : uPrint Plus
uPrint Plus

The uPrint Plus developed by Stratasys, Ltd. is a (FDM) machine also known as a 3D Printer, which is ideal for models of parts that need to mimic the strength and detail of plastic injection molding. The uPrint Plus extrudes layers of ABS thermoplastic about 0.010 inches thick that stack up to form a 3D model of the desired part. The uPrint Plus has over 10 different colors of ABS to choose from.

General Stats:
Material : Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)
Maximum Part Size : 203mm x 203mm x 152mm (8in x 8in x 6in)
Layer Thickness : 0.254mm (.010in)
Price: $0.10 - $0.35 per cubic cm for model material, $0.60 per cubic cm for soluble support material

Monoprice Mini Select v2

Main Article : Monoprice Mini
Monoprice Mini

The Monoprice Mini Select v2, developed by Monoprice, is a (FDM) machine, also known as a 3D Printer. This printer is unique for the IdeaShop, in that it is not supported. The printer is merely housed in the 3D printing area, for use by students at absolutely no cost. Students are responsible for all aspects of using the machine, as laid out on this page. Please make an effort to follow the suggested settings, and try to keep your prints as short as possible. When in use, you MUST be present to watch the printer, or have a friend stay and watch the printer. It is a fire hazard.

This printer is much more simple than others available in the lab. It may not be able to handle complex geometry. If complex geometry is needed, please use a different printer available.

General Stats:
Material : Polylactic Acid (PLA)
Maximum Part Size : 120mm x 120mm x 120mm (4.7in x 4.7in x 4.7in)
Layer Thickness : Customizable
Resolution : 100 microns (0.1 mm)
Price : Free!

Selective Adhesion

zPrinter 450

Main Article: zPrinter 450
zPrinter 450

The zPrinter 450 developed by Z Corporation (acquired in 2012 by 3D Systems) is a fused deposition modeling (FDM) printer. The zPrinter 450 uses inkjet heads from HP to extrude a water based binder solution onto thin layers of a plaster based substrate. Each layer of plaster is 0.0035 inches – thinner than a standard sheet of 20lb printer paper. The addition of a tri-color HP cartridge allows for full range of color printing (including images) rather than the single-color printing of other machines in the shop.

General Stats:
Material : Plaster (CaSO4)
Maximum Part Size : 203mm x 254mm x 203mm (8in x 10in x 8in)
X/Y Resolution : 300 x 450 dpi
Layer Thickness : 89 microns (0.089mm)

Selective Laser Adhesion (SLA)


Main Article : Form2

The Form 2 3D printer, developed by Formlabs, is a stereolithography (SLA) machine that creates parts using liquid plastic that is solidified layer by layer using UV light. This results in a resolution of approximately 25 microns per layer.

General Stats:
Price : Starts at $0.75/cm^3
Maximum Part Size : 144mm x 144mm x 175mm (5.7in x 5.7in x 6.9in)
Layer Thickness : 25, 50, or 100 microns (0.025, 0.05, or 0.1 mm)


Objet Eden 260V

Main Article : Objet Eden 260V
Objet Eden 260V.