The LulzBot TAZ 5
The LulzBot® TAZ is a versatile, high performance desktop 3D printer for industrial users that respects your freedom to create.
The two new upgrades to TAZ 5 include the LulzBot® Hexagon all metal hot end and the PEI print surface. With the all metal hot end, you can take advantage of the cutting edge market for new materials, from HIPS, PLA, and ABS, to wood-, metal-, and stone-like! The PEI print surface allows easy, low maintenance 3D printing so you don't have to worry about using tape, adhesives, or solvents to help objects stick to the print bed.
3D Printing FAQ
What is 3D printing? How does it work?
3D printing is the process of making a physical object from a digital model. It is also known as additive manufacturing because the physical model is built up one layer at a time. The 3D printer uses a process called Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), in which a plastic filament is fed through a heated nozzle which melts the plastic. Computer-controlled motors move the nozzle around to create the shape of a layer, which hardens immediately. The object is built this way, one layer at a time, from the bottom up.
What are some practical uses of 3D printing?
There are a multitude of practical applications for 3D printing, from educational assignments to aerospace and automotive engineering to prosthetics and other medical uses. 3D printing enables rapid prototyping of design concepts and functional, working models; it is used for low-volume, custom, or on-demand manufacturing.
What software can you use to make printable 3D models?
There are many different programs that can produce printable 3D models. Most 3D modeling software will output the filetype our machines use, the .stl file. Solid modeling CAD software is much more likely to produce a successful print than surface modeling software. A few popular options are SolidWorks, AutoCAD, Inventor, 3DS Max, Creo, Blender, Rhino 3D, Sketchup and Tinkercad.
For beginners, we recommend starting with Tinkercad. It is web-based, optimized for 3D printing, and easy to get started with. For a free account, visit Tinkercad.com.
What if I need help?
3D printing is a new resource in the CMMC. However the library staff will work with you to help you build your model and convert it to the file that is needed to print successfully. Remember, 3D printing is an experiment. Prints will not always turn out as you expect them to. When you submit your print request, the librarian will contact you via email to get more information on your project and the experience you have with 3D printing.
Some info. from: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/spaces/makerspace
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