Bluesmith 3D Printing Service
In addition to the general-access makerspaces, the Co-Lab operates the Bluesmith 3D Printing Service. This provides cost-recovery access to advanced 3D printing technologies. These printers allow for different materials and higher resolutions. This service is accessed through the Bluesmith Portal.
FormLabs SLA Form 2 and Form 3
SLA (Stereolithography). UV-curing resin with approx 5.5” x 5.5” x 6.5” build area for the Form 2 and slightly taller for the Form 3. Completed print requires both postprocess cleaning as well as 30minute UV curing. Substantially higher resolution prints than the Ultimakers and affording different geometric print possibilities. Layer height of as low as 25 microns with 140 micron laser spot size.
FormLabs SLS Fuse1
Using a selective laser sintering process (SLS), the Fuse 1 prints in a compact powder with the ability to stack the parts in one bulk job. This printer sinters nylon powder allowing for durable parts in prototyping and final-use applications.
3DSystems MJP 3600
An amazingly accurate system with “meltable” supports. This system creates extremely precise parts with crisp edges. The support material uses a heated removal strategy that requires only that we place it in an oven for a few minutes.
The king of the hill, state of the art polymer 3D printer. This system allows us to print with a variety of materials...all at once. This lets us mix materials in interesting combinations for full color prints and digital materials that have novel properties. The build size is very large and allows for a two cubic foot build volume.
An FDM printer specializing in high precision parts with dissolvable supports. If you've been trying to print a bolt, this is where it turns out right the first time. It has a large print volume of 14" x 10" x 14" and allows a variety of structurally strong infill patterns.