3D Printing

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We have several 3D Printers that are accessible to students and researchers.

The following printers are available:

  • Prusa i3 MKS3
  • CraftUnique Craftbot
  • Ultimaker 2 (for PLA)
  • Witbox BQ (triple extruder for PLA (experimental))
  • Formlabs Form2 (SLA for Photopolymer)

For preparing your 3D model for print, we recommend using Cura, a free/open source slicer made by Ultimaker :
Cura (Ulimaker) Download Cura

For modelling, we recommend Autodesk Fusion 360 for making printable parts.
A student license is free, download Fusion 360

To find out more about 3D printing, come up to the lab in our opening hours.


Some useful links for 3D printing techniques:

Key design considerations for 3D printing

Finishing PLA prints

Optimizing Design for Functional 3D Printed Assemblies (pdf download)

Troubleshoooting your prints