Whether you are an experienced 3D designer or simply want to learn a new technology, the staff at the Rutgers Makerspace can assist you. Our 3D printers can create prototypes, mechanical parts, replacement parts, human busts, action figures, toys, wearables, and much more. We have many colors and materials available for printing in, each with their own respective properties. If you have a project you are considering, one of the Makerspace staff members can speak to you to create a work plan and talk over any details particular to your project.
What is 3D printing?
3D Printing is a prototyping process such that, a real object is created from a 3D design. The digital model is saved into the .STL format which is then converted into G-Code and then sent to the 3D printer. The 3D printer then prints the part file layer by layer in order to form the real object. a 3D printer is similar to a 2D inkjet printer such that, the 3D model is built up layer by layer, which is enabled by the printer operating in three dimensions.
What can I do with 3D printing?
Some of the most widely use application of 3D printing is in the medical industry. With the aide of 3D printing, surgeons can design unique patient specific 3D printed models. Other healthcare technologies using 3D printing now are, but not limited to: low-cost prosthetic, cardiac models, bone, ear cartilage, medical equipment, cranium replacement, synthetic skin, and much more. Currently, 3D printing is used in almost everything from toys to aerospace components.
What materials can I print with your 3D printers?
Many different materials can be used for 3D printing, such as PLA, nylon, flexible filaments (NinjaFlex), carbon fiber, glass filled polyamide, exotic filaments (wood), epoxy resins, silver, titanium, steel powder, and photopolymers,and much more. We primarily use: PLA, NinjaFlex, PVA, Nylon, UV Resin, and Onyx (a mixture of Nylon and Carbon Fiber).
What can I use to design 3D models?
Any software that allows the user to save a 3D object in the STL format is suitable. For a more comprised list please visit the Resource page here.
Stereolithography (SLA) 3D Printing
Scopigno R., Cignoni P., Pietroni N., Callieri M., Dellepiane M. (2017) Stereolithography 3D printing uses light-sensitive resin (a gooey-liquid) that solidifies when exposed to a specific wavelength of light. A chemical reaction occurs when the resin is exposed, resulting in a molecularly-bound solid object. Our SLA offerings include:
- Formlabs Form 2
To learn more about SLA printing, click here.
Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D Printing
Scopigno R., Cignoni P., Pietroni N., Callieri M., Dellepiane M. (2017) Fused Deposition Modeling 3D printing applies a plastic filament through a thin heated nozzle. The nozzle head is then applied across the print bed, one layer at a time. Our FDM offerings include
- Lulzbot Mini
- Lulzbot Taz 6
- Ultimaker 3
- Ultimaker S5
- Markforged MarkTwo
To learn more about FDM printing, click here.