The Discovery Learning Laboratory has three Dimension 3D prototyping machines: an Elite, a 1200ES, and a uPrint.
These machines are available for student and faculty use when pursuing educational or research goals. We ask questions from time to time about the purpose of the prototype in order to manage this resource. Contact the Operations Engineer if you have questions.
- CAD files should be an exported .stl from any CAD package that
- The work order should state the physical size and volume
of the object to be printed. This can be calculated by the CAD
software. We use this information to select the machine which will
fit your model. This is not required, only helpful.
- Plan on a two to four workday turnaround. Sometimes it is shorter,
sometimes longer. It depends on the complexity of the model.
- The plastic material is Stratasys® ABS-M30.
- Current reported tolerances of the printed model are 0 to +0.010
inch. Inner diameters of holes will sometimes be up to 0.020 inch
- Small parts can sometimes be a problem. Something smaller than a
thumbnail is not usually successful. Each layer is 0.010 inch.
Dimension 1200ES: Build table size - 254 x 254 x 305 mm (10 x 10 x 12 in.)
Dimension Elite: Build table size - 203 x 203 x 305 mm (8 x 8 x 12 in.)
Dimension uPrint: Build Table size - 203 x 152 x 152 mm (8 x 6 x 6 in.)
- Average cost of printing is approximately $5-$6 per cubic inch.
However, we do not charge for the use of the printers... yet. Please
keep this in mind.