A ZPrint 250 3D printer is available in the DECS Support Office. The printer can be used by faculty, staff and students. It allows for high resolution and movable parts, thus making it able to print complex parts, models and prototypes. It has the ability to print multiple objects at once which saves time and resources. There is little waste as extra materials are recycled by the machine! With every print being unique, print-quota cannot be used to pay for parts; however, estimates of final cost are available.
A MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer is also available in the DECS Support Office. This 3D printer offers an alternative 3D print option to the ZPrint 250 3D printer. Objects printed on the Replicator 2 are printed using a renewable bio-plastic PLA (Polylactic acid) filament, resulting in durable and detailed quality models. While the ZPrint 250 can use multiple colors and accommodate moving parts in a single print, the Replicator 2 requires less “hands-on” time and the materials are less costly, providing a very affordable option for the user. See a DECS Support Office member for pricing.
The Makerbot Replicator 2x is also available to students, faculty and staff. The Replicator 2x is a newer version of the Replicator 2 that features a heated build platform to help prevent warping and sagging of builds, is capable of printing a job in either PLA or ABS plastic, is enclosed on six sided to regulate the cool down temperature of the ABS filament and can produce one job that has two colors. Pricing is the same for the Replicator 2x as for the Replicator 2.