3D Printer – Resin
The Form 2 3D printer prints complex 3D objects from a range of resins, building up the part layer by layer by using a laser to harden the layer of resin in the areas of the model where material exists. Using this method the object seems to be almost magically pulled up from the shallow bath of resin as it prints.
This can print parts up to 145 x 145 x 175mm with a layer thickness of 25-100 microns (0.25-0.1mm).
Currently it can print in a range of 5 different materials including dental, rubber-like and castable (for investment casting), with new materials being researched constantly.
It is not as easy to use as the Ultimakers and the materials are much more expensive so this machine can only be operated by Making Rooms staff or Volunteers at request by Fab Users.
- Standard resin
- Tough resin
- Castable resin
- Flexible resin
- Dental resin
All 3D printers accept the industry standard .stl files. These are 3D files which can be output from most 3D design or CAD software such as Sketchup, Solidworks, Rhino3D, AutoCAD, Blender and many more.