Other 3D Printing Options
Summary of 3D Printing with the Makerspaces
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3D Printing is actually a large umbrella term describing additive manufacturing methods that work on the principle of adding material together into a solid object. In the Maker Spaces, we host 5 different types of 3D Printing technologies. If the NExT Lab's technologies are not suitable for your projects, another Maker Space may provide your requirements:
Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) is a material-extrusion based additive manufacturing process. Objects are built layer by layer, following a software-generated path. It is the primary 3D printing technology employed at the NExT Lab.
A solid, thermoplastic filament (most commonly ABS, PETG and PLA) is heated to melting point (usually between 180° and 220°, and fed through a small nozzle (most commonly 0.4mm in diameter).
This is the primary method of 3D Printing employed at the NExT Lab.
Figure 0.0 - Fused Deposition Modelling Time Lapse (3d Logics)
Whilst the NExT Lab is home to only FDM machines, the Fab Lab has a Project 660 Pro Powder Printer (Binder Jetting), HP Jet Fusion 4200 and Formlabs Form 3 (SLA / Resin). To help you with your selection of fabrication method, it is important to determine early whether the main design consideration is function or visual appearance.
Binder Jetting (Powder) Printing
Multi-Jet Fusion (MJF)
SLA (Resin) Printing
Follow the page links to check out these alternative 3D Printing technologies: