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Discover the world of 3D printing with the Advanced 3D Printing lab at SUNY Polytechnic Institute. 

Here are the available machines:

CubePro- This printer is uses Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) to create 3D objects. Layer by layer, this printer lays down 2D shapes in plastic, eventually building a 3D object. Materials that can be printed include: PLA, ABS, and Nylon.

Three CubePro printers exist, the CubePro Uno, CubePro Duo, and the CubePro Trio. The Duo and Trio have multiple print heads, allowing the user to print in different materials or colors, adding an additional flare to your 3D object. 

Markforged Mark One- The Mark One was the first consumer printer to embed fiber inlays within a Nylon exterior. These fiber inlays provide additional strength and rigidity to your prints. Fibers to be used are: carbon fiber, kevlar, and fiberglass. Objects produced by this printer are strong enough to be used in real situations that required high strength; other printers just can’t compete. 

Dimension 1200es- Made by Stratasys,this printer is the highest quality Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) machine we operate. This printer produces stunning prints with unbeatable surface finish. The material used in this printer is called ABS Plus, a plastic that combines qualities of PLA and ABS plastic. A secondary material is used to support the model while printing. This support material can be broken off or dissolved afterwards. Applications of this printer include, but are not limited to the following: General prototyping, concept models, and even production parts. 

 

Objet30 Prime- Built by Stratasys, the Objet printer uses PolyJet technology. The printer jets drops of curable resin layer by layer to produce a 3D object. The layers are microscopic, 28 microns high. This printer produces extremely dimensionally accurate parts, great for testing designs before manufacturing. There is a large array of materials available for use in this machine. 

ProJet 3500 HDMax- Utilizes PolyJet technology, similar to Objet30 Prime, built by 3DSystems. This printer produces parts indistinguishable from production quality parts. This machine is an excellent choice for prototyping accurate prints before manufacturing. As a support material, this printer uses wax, that must be melted off in the post-processing phase. 

 

List of possible materials:

CubePro:

  • FLEX: Flexible material, strong, durable. Developed by NinjaTek. 

-Requires advanced material extruder with advanced nozzle.

  • Wood: Wood composite made of PLA with a fine wood flour. Can be post-processed like real wood. 

-Requires advanced print nozzle

  • Nylon: Strong, flexible, and long-lasting. Engineering grade material, comprised off Nylon 6 formulation. Memory material, reverts to original shape after being deformed. Colors : Black, White, and Natural.
  • PLA: standard 3D printing material. Wide array of colors. Excellent dimensional stability. Brittle.
  • ABS: standard 3D printing material. Wide array of colors. High impact and durability. 
  • Infinity™ Rinse-Away: Support material, that can be washed off in water. Helps create free-moving parts. Only prints with PLA and Nylon. 

 

Markforged Mark One:

  • Nylon: Flexible, impact-resistant. Can be stiffened with continuous fiber in-lays. 
  • Onyx: Black material, Nylon mixed with chopped carbon fiber. High quality surface finish, dimensionally stable for engineering grade parts.
  • Fiberglass(CFF): Continuous fiber fabrication. Used to reinforce Nylon or Onyx. for strong, robust parts.
  • Carbon Fiber(CFF): Continuous fiber fabrication. Used to reinforce Nylon. Stiffens parts and gives strength at low weight. 
  • Kevlar(CFF): Continuous fiber fabrication. Durable and resistant to impact. Most flexible fibrous material, and best abrasion resistance.
  • HSHT Fiberglass(CFF): Continuous fiber fabrication. High strength, high temperature. Can be used to create injection molds for silicone. See link: https://markforged.com/introducing-markforged-high-temperature-materials/

 

Dimension 1200es

  • ABSplus-P430: Variety of different colors. Production-grade thermoplastic. 
  • P400-R: Support material. Taken off model by hand.
  • P400-SR: Support material. Soluble in water for removal.

 

Objet30 Prime

  • RGD835 Vero family: Rigid and opaque. Colors: white, gray, blue, black. 
  • RGD840 VeroBlue: Blue
  • RGD850 VeroGray: Gray
  • RGD810 VeroClear: Optically clear.
  • RGD875 VeroBlackPlus: Production quality, fine detail.
  • RGD720: Transparent, tinted. Great dimensional stability, and smooth surface finish.
  • RGD525: High temperature resistance for advanced functional testing. 
  • RGD450: Simulated polypropylene material. Tough, flexible, and durable. 
  • RGD430 Durus: Simulated polypropylene material. Tough, flexible, and durable. 
  • MED610: Biocompatible. Great dimensional stability. Biocompatible material has five medical approvals including cytotoxicity, genotoxicity, delayed type hypersensitivity, irritation and USP plastic class VI.
  • FLX950, TangoGray: Rubber-like material.
  • FLX973 TangoBlack: Rubber-like material. 
  • SUP705: Support material. Gel-like polymer. Removed by waterjet or hand.
  • SUP706: Water soluble support material. May require printer upgrade.

 

ProJet 3500 HDMax 

  • VisiJet M3-X: White, ABS-like plastic
  • VisiJet M3 Black: Black, high strength and flexiblity
  • VisiJet M3 Crystal: Natural color, tough and translucent
  • VisiJet M3 Proplast: Natural color. Economical , general purpose prototyping. 
  • VisiJet M3 Navy: Blue, plastic
  • VisiJet M3 Techplast: Gray, entry-level mechanical properties for general purpose prototyping.
  • VisiJet M3 Procast: Dark blue, castable plastic. Provides high direct micro-casting performance. 
  • VisiJet S300: Wax support material. Supports melt away under heat

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