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Machine Options

Choosing a 3D printer can seem difficult and maybe even intimidating at first. It is important to understand the design limitations of each printer in considering which one would suit your project best. Other things to consider are what type of final look are you going for, how you are going to finish the part and how it is being presented. 

Printers UPrint Ultimaker Objet
Type of Printer FDM
(Fused Deposition Modeling
 FDM
 (Fused Deposition Modeling)
 Currently unavailable.
Material ABS plastic PLA plastic 
 Material Properties machinable, durable plastic Models are more brittle than ABS but  can be sanded, drilled, cut, melted, painted, air-brushed, and etc. 
 Color
white or black
 white 
Cost
  • Model = $6.00 per cubic inch
  • Support = $6.00 per cubic inch
  • Model = $1.25 per meter
  • Support = $1.25 per meter
  • Small prints below $5 in cost will have a flat rate of $5.
 Resolution  0.01 in. or 0.013 in.
  • Layer Height =  .15mm
  • Nozzle Diameter = .4mm
 
 Minimum Effective wall Thickness
  •  Slightly Smaller than 1/8 of an inch, 0.11811".
  • 1/8 in. (minimum) open shells suggested
 
 Maximum Print Volume
( WxLxH )
  •  8 in. x 8 in. x 6 in.
  •  8 in. x 8in. x 10 in.
 
Benefits Best option for load bearing prints, for printing prototypes for real world testing.  Best option for low cost prototypes. Print settings can be optimized for aesthetic or real world testing purposes. Ask lab specialist for more information.

 
Finishing Models can be sanded, drilled, cut, melted, painted, air-brushed, and etc. Models are more brittle than ABS but can be sanded, drilled, cut, melted, painted, air-brushed, and etc. 
 Other 
  •  
  • Simple shapes & forms only
  • Super-fine detail can be lost in small parts
  • Prints only in white plastic. But other colors do exist
 
 Examples 
 
 

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