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3D Printing & Learning

Learn more about 3D printing in the medical library!

Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) Printers

Fuse Deposition Modeling (FDM) Printers print by melting filament at high temperatures and extruding them layer-by-layer. Each layer sticks to previous layers, and these layers adhere to each other and solidify to form the printed object.

 

 

Raise3D Pro 2 Plus:

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  • Build Volume: 12 x 12 x 23.8 inches
  • Material: Polylactic Acid (PLA)
  • Resolution: 400 - 10 microns
  • Supported File Types: .stl, .obj
  • Dual Extruder: can print two colors during the same print job

 

 

 

LulzBot Mini v2.0:

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  • Build Volume: 6.3 x 6.3 x 7.09 inches
  • Material: Polylactic Acid (PLA)
  • Resolution: 400 - 50 microns
  • Supported File Types: .stl, .obj

 

 

 

LulzBot TAZ Pro:

Lulzbot TAZ Pro

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  • Build Volume: 11.02 x 11.02 x 11.22 inches
  • Material: Polylactic Acid (PLA)
  • Resolution: 400 - 50 microns
  • Supported File Types: .stl, .obj
  • Dual Extruder: can print two colors during the same print job

 

 

 

Ultimaker 3 Extended:

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  • Build Volume: 8.5 x 8.5 x 11.8 inches
  • Material: Polylactic Acid (PLA)
  • Resolution: 200 - 60 microns
  • Supported File Types: .stl, .obj
  • Dual Extruder: can print two colors during the same print job

 

Raise3D Pro 3:

Raise3D Pro 3 3D Printer

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  • Build Volume: 11.8 x 11.8 x 11.8 inches
  • Material: Polylactic Acid (PLA)
  • Resolution: 250 - 10 microns
  • Supported File Types: .stl, .obj
  • Dual Extruder: can print two colors during the same print job

 

Stereolithography (SLA) and Masked Stereolithography (MSLA) Printers

Stereolithography (SLA) printers convert liquid resin into hardened plastic by curing the layers with an ultraviolet (UV) laser.

While Stereolithographic (SLA) printers use lasers to cure resin, Masked Stereolithographic (MSLA) printers use an LCD screen to cure the resin layers.

 

ELEGOO Mars 2 Pro (MSLA Printer):

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  • Build Volume: 5.08 x 3.15 x 6.3 inches
  • Material: Photopolymer Resin
  • Resolution: 25, 50, 100 microns
  • Supported File Types: .stl, .obj
  • After printing, the object needs to be put through an isopropyl alcohol wash and cured under ultraviolet (UV) light.

 

Current Colors and Available Materials

PLA
  • White
  • Blue
  • Red
  • PVA Dissolvable Support Material

 

SLA Resin
  • White
  • Clear