Equipment » 3D Prototyper
The 3-D rapid prototyper in the ITLL is an Objet 30. This machine uses an acrylic-like plastic to produce models using polyjet technology. The machine has excellent resolution and builds relatively robust parts. Assemblies with moving parts may also be built using a removable support material; therefore, multi-part systems do not require assembly after rapid prototyping.
Prototypes produced with this machine are useful to obtain a physical model of a new design but are not usually the final product. However, depending on the application, prototyped parts may be used in the final assembly.
Costs and Colors
- The acrylic-like plastic material costs $.60 per gram
- The removable support material costs $.30 per gram
- A typical prototype may cost $10-30
- Colors available: white
Steps to Use the Prototyper
- Save your part or assembly as a ".stl" file format.
- Check the large sign outside the prototyping room on the 2B level of the ITLL for further instructions.
- The maximum model size is 294 x 192 x 148 mm (11.5 x 7.5 x 5.8 inches).
- Stereolithography (.stl) files are imported to Objet Studio software to create the toolpaths for the prototyper.
- Use a 3-D CAD model from SolidWorks, or similar program, to create the .stl file required.
- The material is VeroWhitePlus, and the data sheet for the material is found on Objet's website