3D Printers

Photo of the ZPrint 250 3D Printer

ZPrint 250

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.

  • Build size: 9.3 x 7.3 x 5 inches (236 x 185 x 127 mm)
  • Vertical Speed: 0.8 inch/hour (20 mm/hour)
  • Resolution: 300 x 450 dpi
  • Color (number of unique colors per part): 64 colors (basic spot color)
  • File Formats for Printing: STL, VRML, PLY, 3DS, ZPR
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Photo of final printed 3D object, a wrench holding a quarter Photo of 3D cube with a quarter Photo of three 3D objects

 

MakerBot Replicator 2

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.

  • Build size: 410 in 3; 11.2 L x 6.0 W x 6.1 H in [28.5 x 15.3 x 15.5 cm]
  • Resolution: High-100 microns [0.0039 in]; Medium-270 microns [0.0106 in]; Low-340 microns 0.0133 in]
  • Color (nubmer of unique colors per part): one--for color options, speak with DECS Support Office
  • File formats for printing: .stl, .obj, .thing

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MakerBot Replicator (fifth generation model)

The Makerbot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (fifth gen) has been added to the DECS 3D printing library. It boasts an 11% larger build volume then the Replicator 2. It can print in the same PLA filament as the Replicator 2, making the same colors available to fit the users needs.

  • Build volume: 25.2 L x 19.9 W x 15.0 H cm [9.9 x 7.8 x 5.9 in]
  • Resolution: 100 microns [0.0039 in]
  • Color (nubmer of unique colors per part): one--for color options, speak with DECS Support Office
  • File Formats: STL, OBJ, Thing, MakerBot    

 

Note: Some Makerbot 3D prints need additional support to ensure a successful build. For more information regarding supports and fill levels, click here.