The AOE3D Print Lab at Virginia Tech offers a wide range of Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing technologies to help you create physical versions of your digital creations. We want to provide faculty, staff, and students with the technology and support needed  to do what you do best, come up with great ideas and novel uses.

We now have a new collection of MakerBot Replicator2 3D Printers that are free for you to use, open-access, and easy to operate. All you need to get started is a material cartridge, an STL file and register for use/email to check out a block of time on the machine.

 

Data file format preparation:
-All 3D printers require a standard triangulation language (.stl) file format. The following web link provides information to assist you with converting your CAD model to STL format: CAD to STL
-Make sure all files are prepared with the correct units. (inches or millimeter  units are acceptable)

Submitting a Project:
For Graduates, Faculty/Staff, Research Projects:

  1. Meet with Matt Mills (aoe-3dprint-g@vt.edu) to discuss the project. 
  2. Enter Work Order to the Job Queue System for AOE shop, selecting 3D Printing (https://www.dept.aoe.vt.edu/shop/login.php).  State in the description of the work order the 3D printer you wish to use (Fortus, Connex3, Uprint, or Objet30Pro).  Note which material you prefer your part to be printed in.  Provide general dimensions in the description box (height, width, length) with units in the description box.   If this information is not provided the 3D print lab staff will use our own discretion in deciding how/where your job will be printed.  If you have questions, need a cost estimate, or want to use a specialty material, please send an email to Matt Mills, aoe-3dprint-g@vt.edu, to schedule a meeting to discuss print options for your job before your work order is submitted.
  3. After work order has been placed, forward your prepared .stl file to aoe-3dprint-g@vt.edu and include your WO number in the email so it can be referenced when processing your job.
  4. Once your job is complete, WO will be updated in the job queue system and an automated email will notify you that your part is complete, ready to pick up, and where it is located.

For Undergraduates:
Steps to project completion

1. Prepare a written proposal for your faculty advisor. This must include

CAD drawings of model or part to be made (only one part will be built at one time)

Volume calculation for the material to be used (limit is 300cc without special permission) and general dimensions with units. 

2. Have the faculty member sign your proposal, if they approve.

3. Forward your .stl file and volume estimate to aoe-3dprint-g@vt.edu in the AOE shop. Also include contact information of the responsible student and faculty member.

4. He will review your part(s) to ensure they are designed suitable to 3D printing processes and communicate any modifications needed. Scott Patrick is available for consultation in person at the AOE machine shop in 115 Hancock Hall between 2 and 3pm M-F (please avoid coming by at other times unless explicitly requested).

5. Models from multiple teams will be built in the order that proposals are approved. Subsequent parts of a multi-part model are started at the bottom of the queue when the previous part is completed.

6. You will be notified via email when your job is complete and can be picked up in the AOE machine shop.

For any questions regarding additive manufacturing, contact Matt Mills at aoe-3dprint-g@vt.edu.

For any questions regarding mechanical design for 3D printing, contact Scott Patrick at scottpatrick@vt.edu.

 

Objet30 Pro Desktop


 115 Hancock Hall-AOE Machine Shop
(AOE work order should be submitted and staff
will facilitate model printing.)

Objet 30 Pro Desktop

Net Build Size: (X x Y x Z glossy)
11.574in (294mm) x 7.586in (192.7mm) x 5.850in (148.6mm)

Machine Type: Polyjet

Objet30 Pro Desktop Material Availability and Costs:
Model Resin (VeroWhite/VeroBlack Plus Material): $0.40/gram
Support Material (FullCure 705 Support): $0.15/gram

 

Connex3


Lab-140, Goodwin Hall

(AOE work order should be submitted and staff
will facilitate model printing.)

Connex 3

 

Net build size: 490 × 390 × 200 mm (19.3 × 15.4 × 7.9 in.)

Machine Type: Polyjet

See more at: http://www.stratasys.com/3d-printers/design-series/objet500-connex3

The cost of printing is based upon the amount of material used by weight (includes model resin and support material).
Connex3 Material Availability and Costs:
Model Resin-RGD535 (green ABS)-$.40/gram
Model Resin-RGD531 (ivory ABS)-$.40/gram
Model Resin TangoBlackPlus (rubber-like)-$.40/gram
Support Resin (FullCure 705 Support): $0.15/gram

 

 

Fortus 360


Lab-140, Goodwin Hall
(AOE work order should be submitted and staff
will facilitate model printing.)

Fortus 360

 

Build envelope options: 406 x 355 x 406 mm (16 x 14 x 16 in.)
Machine Type: FDM

 

 See more at: http://www.stratasys.com/3d-printers/production-series/fortus-360mc#sthash.Gytox4g5.dpuf

 

The cost of printing is based upon the amount of material used by weight (includes model resin and support material).
Fortus360 Material Availability and Costs:
Model Filament (ABS-30)-$4.88/cu in
Model Filament (Nylon 12)-$4.88/cu in
Support Filament (SR-20)-$4.76/cu in

 

U-Print SE Plus


Lab-140, Goodwin Hall
(AOE work order should be submitted and staff
will facilitate model printing.)

UPrint SE Plus

 

Build size: 203 x 203 x 152 mm (8 x 8 x 6 in.)

Machine Type: FDM

 

See more at: http://www.stratasys.com/3d-printers/idea-series/uprint-se-plus#sthash.yZMqxtsv.dpuf

 

The cost of printing is based upon the amount of material used by weight (includes model resin and support material).
U-Print SE Plus Material Availability and Costs:
P430XL Model Spool Ivory-$5.00/cu in
SR-30XL Soluble Support Spool-$5.00/cu in

 

MakerBot Replicator 2


Lab-140, Goodwin Hall

(Email aoe-3dprint-g@vt.edu  for more information.)

MakerBot Replicator 2

Net Build Size: 28.5 L x 15.3 W x 15.5 H cm
[11.2 x 6.0 x 6.1 in]

Machine Type: FDM

 

See more at: http://store.makerbot.com/replicator2

The cost of printing is based upon the amount of material used by weight (includes model resin and support material).
MakerBot Replicator2 Material Availability and Costs:
See pricing at: http://store.makerbot.com/pla-filament#large
PLA, Flexible, ABS, Dissolvable

Lab Support and Safety Director

Dr. Michael Philen

Senior Mechanical Designer

Scott Patrick

3D Printer Technician

Matt Mills