Additive Manufacturing

ZMorph multi-functional machine

This low-cost machine has a series of interchangeable heads that make it capable of being used as a polymer Fused Deposition Modelling extrusion process, a CNC router, a laser cutter/etcher and for those with a flair for something a bit more unusual, it can also be used for the extrusion of ceramic and chocolate when in a liquid/wet form. 

3D Touch

A low-cost desktop extrusion Fused Deposition Modelling machine that allows the dual deposition of polymeric materials, in order to build up the structurally strong component (e.g. in ABS) whilst also depositing a sacrificial support structure (e.g. in PLA).

Formlabs Form1

Based on the principles of Stereolithography, this desktop machine uses a 150mW ultraviolet laser to cure a photoreactive resin in individual layers in order to fabricate components. Although the material palette available is limited in choice, parts created are very accurate with an excellent surface finish.

Ultimaker 2

Another desktop Fused Deposition Modelling extrusion based machine, capable of building components in a wide variety of materials from filament. More flexible than the Stratasys Dimension 1200 and cheaper to operate, however, component build quality is not quite as good.

Stratasys Dimension 1200

A more commercially focussed Fused Deposition Modelling machine, differing from the low-cost desktop machines as it has a closed chamber, thus able to control the temperature of the environment and produce a more stable component. Filament extrusion of (primarily) ABS, although other materials are available.

Realizer 100

Selective Laser Melting technology, another powder-bed fusion process that uses a 100W Ytterbium fibre laser to melt metal powders to form fully functional metallic components. Able to process a wide range of metal powders including stainless steel, titanium, aluminium, cobalt chrome and tool steels.

ZCorp Spectrum Z510

A true 3D printer (in the context of being an inkjet-based process), the Spectrum Z510 has the ability to fabricate full colour components in starch, plaster and other powdered materials. Comes with an additional deep-dip tank in which components are further strengthened through the infiltration of wax into the porous structure of the as-built parts. This machine has been re-purposed to enable the deposition of multi-materials (ceramics and metals) as part of an ongoing industrially-collaborative research project.

DTM Sinterstation 2000

The original Selective Laser Sintering technology, employing powder-bed fusion of polymeric (and other) materials, utilising the energy from a 50W CO2 laser to bond Polyamide 12 (Nylon 12) powder to form tough resilient parts.