The Makerspace is equipped with 8 Dremel 3D-40 Idea Builder printers and 3 Dremel 3D-45 Digilab printers. Both sets of printers are functionally the same, and follow the same procedures and safety precautions.
PLA – An all around good material with minimal warping. Most parts should be printed with PLA.
Eco-ABS – Higher strength and heat deflection temperature. Contains no ABS and is actually a form of PLA.
PETG – Stronger than PLA but not as flexible as nylon.
Nylon – Stronger and more flexible than Eco-ABS or PLA – however warping is significant.
Use and Limitations:
The Dremel 3D printers have an approximate maximum build volume of: 9” x 5” x 6” (229 mm x 127 mm x 152 mm). Printing services are open for academic use to any UIC College of Engineering students. This means the Makerspace staff will gladly assist you in printing any parts necessary for class projects or prototyping purposes. No extensive knowledge of 3D printing is necessary. The Makerspace staff can walk you through any print, as well as deny any printing service if they believe your part/parts are unreasonable in terms of printing capabilities or purpose.
What you need to bring:
Please bring an .STL file on a flash drive. The .STL should be exported according to the instructions on the CAD and Filetypes page.
There are many different color options for you to choose from, although the majority of them are in PLA.
You can choose the layer height for your print. 300μm prints more quickly and is a stronger part at the cost of detail. 200μm preserves more fine details but take longer to print. The default layer height is 300μm.
You can choose infill percentage for your part. The default is 20%. More infill does not necessarily mean a stronger part. Infills greater than 50% are rarely necessary.
If you need additional customization our staff can assist you in choosing the best settings for your part. Usually we’ll print one using default settings so we can analyze the failure.
The machines have parts that exceed 220°C when printing – they will burn you on contact. Be mindful of the printing nozzle and never touch it with your hands
The machines can also move unexpectedly and with great force – keep hands away from machine when the machine is building an object.
In general, machines should only be touched by staff members.