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3D PRINTING

If you would like to print a model, or part of your model, read through the guide and come to the P0 lab to discuss the project. Depending on what you want to print will partly dictate which printer you can use. This in turn may require you to model your CAD object with certain specific characteristics.   

MAKERBOT 5TH GENERATION

PLA PLASTIC

MAX BUILD SIZE 295 x 195 x 165 mm

ADVANTAGES
Strong, easy to use and relatively cheap

DISADVANTAGES
Wont print complex forms. Require support for all over hanging parts, the support is difficult to remove.
All printing must be completed by the end of the day.

 

£1/h

The Makerbot's are ideal for printing small simple parts or components. The material is strong and slightly flexible. You can print in red, white or clear translucent.

DIMENSIONS ELITE

ABS PLASTIC

MAX BUILD SIZE 203 x 203 x 305 mm

ADVANTAGES
Strong and accurate 
Support material is soluble so complex form can be printed

 

 

£0.30/cm3

ZCORP 250

PLASTER

MAX BUILD SIZE 236 x 185 x 127 mm

ADVANTAGES
Will print complex forms thicker than 1.5mm* without the need for support material. This can make it cheaper than alternative methods of printing. 

DISADVANTAGES
The plaster is very brittle so breakages can occur. Even after postprocessing the model remains very delicate.

 

 

£0.50/cm3

The zcorp uses plaster and binder to build up your CAD model. There are many advantages to this method but there are also the disadvantages  of its strength. Come to the Lab to discuss your project further.

ZCORP 450

PLASTER

MAX BUILD SIZE 203 x 254 x 203 mm

ADVANTAGESWill print complex forms thicker than 1.5mm* without the need for support material. This can make it cheaper than alternative methods of printing.  The ZCORP 450 has a larger build size than the ZCORP 250.

DISADVANTAGES
The plaster is very brittle so breakages can occur. Even after postprocessing the model remains very delicate. The powder after post processing turns a pale grey. This is a problem we hope to rectify soon.

 

£0.50/cm3

HAVE YOU COMPLETED FOLLOWING STEPS

  1. Have you read the guide to preparing your file.
  2. Is your object an stl file (each part to print must be a seperate file), named the following way "your_name_date_number in sequence.stl" (for example ed_lancaster_04-11-2016_1.stl, ed_lancaster_04-11-2016_2.stl, ed_lancaster_04-11-2016_3.stl ... etc).
  3. Have you checked your mesh is a closed 'good mesh', refer to the guide.
  4. Model file is in mm.
  5. Surfaces are 1.5mm thick.
  6. Structures and pipes are 2.5mm thick.

Let's make!

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OPENING HOURS

Monday - Friday 9.00 - 17.00
Saturday 9.00 - 17.00 (Peak Periods)
Sunday CLOSED

EMAIL
Office@FabricationLab.London

Media@FabricationLab.London

PHONE
020 3506 7173

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