You can learn 3D printing in our 3D printer farm! The term "3D printing" is actually quite vague and is used to describe various technologies which are defined by currently expiring patents. We will list some common ones below as we gather more experience.
Fused Filament Fabrication
All of our printers work by depositing molten plastic layer upon layer, a process which is called Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) in the open source RepRap community or Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) in most commercial contexts. We support the idea of open source fabrication and therefore call it FFF in this wiki.
Limits of FFF
- no printing out of thin air
- support structures may have to be added where your model does not touch the buildplate and can be a real pain to remove...
- problems with overhangs > 45°
- printing into thin air does not work very well either. This limit can be stretched a bit by efficient cooling, though.
- nozzle size determines the maximum achievable resolution
- currently, all our printers are equipped with 0.4 mm nozzles.
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Pages in category "3D Printing"
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