3D printers are a form of additive manufacture (AM) that allows a user to turn a CAD model into something physical. This is great for rapid prototyping or for physical illustration of designs.
3D printers are one of our most used engineering tools here in the iForge.
We currently have two main types of 3D printer, those which work by extruding hot plastic in layers and gradually building up a model (FFF/FDM) or those which work by selectively curing a photosensitive resin layer by layer to build up a part (SLA). FDM/FFF is what we mainly focus on as it is much easier to take any model and turn it into a physical object, however we can do SLA prints by request based on their merit. If this is something you’re interested in, come in and have a chat to one of our reps!
To get started with 3D printing it is best to turn your CAD file into an STL, this option can be found somewhere within your CAD program of choice!
As with all of our machines and tools a user will have had to do the online training prior to using our facilities for 3D printing.
|iForge FDM/FFF 3D Printers|
|Ultimaker 2+ Extended||Prusa MK3S|
|Build volume: 223 x 223 x 305 mm||Build volume: 250 x 210 x 210 mm|
|Slicer to use: Cura||Slicer to use: Prusa Slicer|
|Nozzle diameter: 0.4mm||Nozzle diameter: 0.4mm|
|Typical layer height: 0.2-0.3mm||Typical layer height: 0.15mm|
All of our prints are printed in PLA, currently we dont offer any other materials however this may change in future. We also put a rough time limit on user prints set at 10 hours, this is to allow everyone fair and equal use of our printing time.