Research Prototyping Lab

The Research Prototyping Lab is home to our most advanced additive manufacturing equipment. Researchers are encouraged to stop by when someone is in the lab (or schedule an appointment) to discuss project ideas or existing projects. The equipment in the Research Prototyping Lab is capable of realizing extremely high part detail & durability. Our primary three machines are the ProX, Nanoscribe, and Fuse 1.

The ProX DMP 200 is a high-performance, high-quality 3D printing alternative to traditional manufacturing processes, offering reduced waste, greater speeds for production, short set up times, very dense metal parts, and the ability to produce very complex assemblies as a single part. We use it to print in Inconel alloy.

 

For ProX information, either email terrapinworks@umd.edu, or look at these links: 

  • ter.ps/inconel - data sheet for the material that we print in
  • ter.ps/proxdozuki - information about the ProX, including tolerances, build volume, etc.

The Nanoscribe system is a laser lithography system allowing 3D printing of true 3-dimensional microscale and nanoscale based on two photon polymerization in UV-curable photoresists. The system can utilize specifically designed IP-photoresists optimized for 3D microfabrication, but can also employ custom polymers developed by the user.

For Nanoscribe training/information, email terrapinworks@umd.edu.

The Formlabs Fuse 1 printer is capable of creating high-strength objects out of sintered PA12 Nylon Powder. The process utilized by the machine yields solid, isotropic parts that can be utilized in a variety of applications that are benefitted greatly through the use of **no support material**. As an added benefit, parts produced on the Formlabs Fuse 1 are only slightly more expensive than parts produced on most consumer and prosumer 3D printers, and much cheaper than many other industrial options.

For Fuse:

  • Request a Print
  • ter.ps/fusetol - Fuse tolerance information
  • ter.ps/fusefinish - Fuse surface quality information

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Available Equipment

Technology Type: Manual Machining
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JET Belt and Disk Sander Metalworking Metal
Technology Type: Fused-Deposition-Modeling (FDM/FFF)
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Lulzbot Taz 5 Advanced 3D Printing Metal, Bronze, Copper
Technology Type: Selective Laser Sintering
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The Fuse 1 & The Sift Advanced 3D Printing Nylon
Technology Type: Micro Dispensing Tool
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Nanoscribe Nanoscribe Photonic Professional GT Advanced 3D Printing, Research Equipment Plastic, Resin
Technology Type: Direct Metal Laser Sintering
Equipment Photo Equipment Name Service(s) Materials
3D Systems ProX 200 3D Systems ProX 200 Advanced 3D Printing Metal