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zPrinter 310 | CJP 3D Printer

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The zCorp 310 Zprinter is located in the Production Lab. In general any form that fits a bounding box of 200 x 250 x 200 mm (W x L x H) can be printed.

It uses ColorJet Printing technology, now patented by 3DSystems: 
the ZPrinter first spreads a layer of powder in the same thickness as the cross section to be printed. The print head then applies a binder solution to the powder, causing the powder particles to bind to one another and to the printed cross-section one level below. The feed piston comes up and the build piston drops one layer of the thickness. The printer then spreads a new layer of powder and repeats the process, until the entire part is printed…

This Video gives a good overview of the processes and capabilities…although our ZPrinter is already aged and needs some special attention printing…

 

To prepare your file for printing your object must be “shelled” meaning that every surface needs a thickness (the absolute mininum we recommend is 1.5mm) and enclose spaces will be filled with not binded powder…so make sure there is a hole somewhere to get that out after printing…because the price is per weighted gramm…
The fastest way to give your geometry a wall thickness is with the “shell” modificator in 3D Studio Max if you work with meshes. If you have nurbs geometry there are also some nice new “Shell” features in Rhinoceros 5.0.

BUT as the final file format for the slicing software is .stl, working with meshes and 3D Max or Maya is much faster…

As printing on the zPrinter is only allowed with our supervision… we also take care about the rest (software settings and hardware troubleshooting, etc…)

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