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3D Printer: Stratasys Dimension Elite

Our fablab has a Stratasys Dimension Elite 3D printer that can "print" 3D prototypes. It supports .stl files.

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How does the printer work?
The 3D model is printed layer by layer. Support material fills the spaces, and is dissolved after printing in a base.

How big an object can be printed?
The limit is 20cm x 20cm x 30cm. Bigger objects must be printed separately and then assembled.

What is the resolution of the printer?
The layer thickness is 0,254mm. There is also a higher resolution with 0,1778mm layer thickness available. It takes longer to print an object if the higher resolution is selected.

Which materials does the printer use?
Only ABS+ plastic.

Is the material stable?
The material is pretty strong. Most models survive being dropped on the floor (but not stamped on). The strength of the model is highly dependent on its geometry.

Can objects be printed in color?
Yes. One can change colors from layer to layer, but not within a layer.

How much does it cost?
Each model requires support material in addition to model material. Both materials cost 30 cents per cubic centimeter. There is also a fixed cost of 10 euro for the platform on which the 3D model is printed. How much material is needed depends on the construction of the model. The prices mentioned above are exclusively valid for non-commercial projects that are published under free licenses. Commercial orders will be charged customarily.

How long does a 3D print take?
At least one hour. Depending on the model 10, 20, 30 hours or even more is possible. A printing process can't be interrupted for a long time. Therefore, the printer is occupied as soon as a complex printing task is started and smaller tasks can't be carried out in between.

What do I have to provide?
The printer uses only STL files which must be created in advance.

Is there any free software available to create STL files?
We recommend the following software:

Created by bohne. Last Modification: Monday 28 of April, 2014 10:36:25 by reimer.

Media Computing Group at RWTH Aachen