3D Printing

Description

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, in collaboration with ITS - Instructional services, has available to the School of Art and Art History, as well as to the whole University, two 3D Printers capable of making real world objects from 3D generated images and files.  The Dimension SST 1200es creates plastic models which are very strong and durable and the Zcorp 650 Printer uses a plastic-based powder and colorable binder to create color models.

The 3D printers will be used for numerous projects throughout the University campus. Absolutely everybody associated with the University of Iowa has access to the printer, although in case of conflicts priority will go to the School of Art and Art History.

Both systems take STL files, but if you wish to have a color printing a VRML (.wrl) or 3DS (.3ds) file is needed.

Connect to Service at UI 3D Printing Website
Support link UI 3D Printing Website
Getting help/information For more information or to have a part made, please contact Daniel Langstraat at:
Daniel Langstraat
daniel-langstraat@uiowa.edu
319-335-6141
Support hours Normal Business Hours
Signing up To use the UI 3D printer, please contact Daniel Langstraat at:
Daniel Langstraat
daniel-langstraat@uiowa.edu
319-335-6141
Getting training If you wish to learn how to use one or both printers, we do provide training.  However, due to the high cost of materials and the sensitivity of the equipment, we do require that anyone who wishes to physically use the printers be supervised by one of the 3D Printing staff. 
Common actions

Charges Cost:
Dimension SST 1200es: Cost for anyone associated with the University of Iowa is $7.00 per square in. of model and support material used.
 
Zcorp 650 Color Printer: Cost for anyone associated with the University of Iowa is cost of materials used times 10%. Unfortunately, price of models varies greatly depending on size and amount of ink used. We have a way of determining the exact cost of your model prior to printing. Post-processing binder/sealant costs and additional $4.00 per cu. in. of surface area. Post-processing binder provides stronger, more durable models and really helps bring out the color in your models. We can determine this cost as well before printing.
 
Community Members (non-UI associated)
We do provide printings for people outside the University of Iowa.  However, since this service was developed solely for University use, we are required to match the cost of professional printing services.
For Community Members (non-UI), Departmental Service, Faculty, Researchers, Staff, Students
Status Production