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3D PRINTERS

  The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute 3D Printing Lab is a self-service facility located in room 1002 of 4 Riverside Circle. The printers are available to all faculty, staff, and researchers on a first-come, first-serve basis.

     

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Supplies

The print lab has a wide color selection of PLA filament and PVA water-soluble support material available to users.

Printers

Ultimaker s3
  • Build Volume: 9” x 7.4” x 7.9”
  • Internal camera for remote monitoring
  • Compatible with PLA, Tough PLA, ABS, PC, CPE, CPE+, Nylon, PP, TPU 95A, PVA
  • Dual-extrusion print head with swappable print cores
  • Heated build plate
  • Prepare print settings with Ultimaker Cura software
  • Connect and load prints over Wi-Fi or printer USB port
  • User manual
Ultimaker s5
  • Large build volume: 13” x 9.5” x 11.8”
  • Internal camera for remote monitoring
  • Compatible with PLA, Tough PLA, ABS, PC, CPE, CPE+, Nylon, PP, TPU 95A, PVA, and composites
  • Dual-extrusion print head with swappable print cores
  • Heated build plate
  • Prepare print settings with Ultimaker Cura software
  • Connect and load prints over Wi-Fi or printer USB port
  • User manual
Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle
  • Large build volume: 13” x 9.5” x 11.8”
  • Internal camera for remote monitoring
  • Compatible with PLA, Tough PLA, ABS, PC, CPE, CPE+, Nylon, PP, TPU 95A, PVA, and composites
  • Dual-extrusion print head with swappable print cores
  • Heated build plate
  • Prepare print settings with Ultimaker Cura software
  • Connect and load prints over Wi-Fi or printer USB port
  • HEPA filtration
  • Material station with six filament spool capacity
  • Operates at <40% RH
  • User manual
Form Labs Form 3 Resin Based Printer
Cadworks 3D M-5 Microfluidics printer
  • Projector - 1080x1920 HD
  • Native Pixels  - 2 Million Unique Pixels
  • Build Area - 57x32x120
  • XY Res. 30 μm
  • Z-Layer Resolution 5 μm to 500 μm
  • Wavelength(LED) nm365/385/405
  • Ideal Printing applications: The exceptional resolution is suitable for encapsulated chips and molds for PDMS requiring features as small as 60μm
  • User manual

The 3D Printing Lab is a self-service facility. Use the lab calendar to schedule your use.

  • Indicate which printer you'll be using.
  • Schedule only the time you need.
  • If your plans change, please remove or update your scheduled time.

  

 

Please respect the lab and other users by observing lab policies

Print Lab Policies

  • Promptly remove completed prints from the printer.
  • Optimize print settings to minimize filament usage.
  • Remove, bag, and properly store filament once you’re finished printing.
  • Users should provide their own filament for large print jobs.
  • Users of the CadWorks 3D microfluidics system need to provide their resin.
  • Start a conversation with the Help Desk (help.vtc.vt.edu) to report any problems to the facility manager.

How do I download Ultimaker Cura Software?

https://ultimaker.com/software/ultimaker-cura

What do the different lights on the print cores mean?

  • Blue: idle state (print core is safe to remove)
  • Blinking orange: heating up or cooling down
  • Solid orange: hot
  • White: print is active

What are the different print cores?

  • Type AA: printing build materials and Ultimaker breakaway material
  • Type BB: water-soluble support material (PVA)

What filaments can the Ultimaker S5 &S3  handle?

PLA, Tough PLA, Nylon, ABS, CPE, CPE+, Polycarbonate, TPU 95A, Polypropylene, PVA, and Breakaway

How do I load the filament?

https://support.ultimaker.com/hc/en-us/articles/360011427140

How do I change the material and/or the print core?

https://support.ultimaker.com/hc/en-us/articles/360011580799-Changing-materials-and-print-cores-on-the-Ultimaker-3

Any questions regarding the Material Station can be found at this link:

https://support.ultimaker.com/hc/en-us/sections/360003474400-Ultimaker-S5-Material-Station

What is the Air Manager?

https://support.ultimaker.com/hc/en-us/articles/360011548140-What-is-the-Air-Manager-

Which filament should I use?

https://support.ultimaker.com/hc/en-us/articles/360011940320-Which-Ultimaker-material-should-I-use-

What are the S5 material and print core compatibilities?

https://support.ultimaker.com/hc/en-us/articles/360011543699-Ultimaker-S5-Material-compatibility

Use the following links to search for free 3D files (.stl files) to print or modify using 3D design software:

NIH 3D Print Exchange

The NIH 3D Print Exchange provides models in formats that are readily compatible with 3D printers, and offers a unique set of tools to create and share 3D-printable models related to biomedical science.

Thingiverse

A large archive of  various 3D files available for download.

BodyParts3D/Anatomography

 Medical images that can be combined and converted to printable objects.

FBRI 3D print shared Google Drive

Share files with your colleagues at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute.

Contacts