All of our prints are printed in PLA as standard. If you are interested in alternative filaments, we require valid reasons for specific materials to be used and your print must be tested in PLA first. If you have an unusual set of requirements or want to bring in your own materials, please get in touch with the 3D printing team when they’re on shift or at: 3DPrinting.iForge@sheffield.ac.uk.
This is where we get into the specifics of 3D Printing with the iForge. Please keep reading if you are planning to print with us as it may save both of us lots of time later on in your printing adventure.
All 3D print jobs done in the iForge are at the 3D Printing Team’s discretion, please feel free to ask for guidance on your 3D print if you are unsure about anything.
We reserve the right to reject any print we deem unsuitable for manufacture using our equipment, you can ask us why your print was rejected and we may offer ideas or suggestions to help you get your desired outcome.
Here are some general guidelines:
- We want everyone to learn about 3D printing, not just use it as a tool!
- Our focus is on supporting our users in completing their personal and university projects
- Please ensure the files you bring in are suitable for 3D printing
- All prints should be under 10 hours in length
- This rule can be broken but only at the 3D printing team’s discretion – talk to us
- This is to ensure our printers continue working reliably for everyone, longer prints have a higher chance of failure, and a long print failing overnight is a significant risk
- Think before you print!
- Double check your measurements and tolerances before submitting anything to the print queue!
- While there is no fixed limit on usage, if we think your usage is excessive or negatively impacting on the iForge’s ability to support other users we may ask you to stop
- Any users attempting to circumvent any limitations set by the 3D printing team without discussing them first will be banned from using the 3D printing facilities