Printers in the 3D Printing Facility in the School of Art & Art History at the University of Iowa

3D Printing Facility

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The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Iowa has operated a 3D Printing Facility since 2008 now located on the ground floor of the Visual Arts Building.  The main goal of this facility is to support the curriculum of the 3D Design Program at The School of Art & Art History.  Our services are available for use by all Students, Staff and Faculty of The University of Iowa.

Please contact 3D Pringing Facility Manager with any questions.

For submissions and questions please use this email:

3D Printing Facility Manager

Billy Cho

Dimension SST 1200es

The Dimension SST (Soluble Support Technology) 1200es 3D printer uses the fused-deposition modeling (FDM) process to create physical objects with ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) plastic by building the models from the bottom up and using a supporting structure for overhanging parts. The plastic models created from this machine are strong, drillable, hammer-able, and machine-able.

The Dimension SST 1200es can build parts up to 10in x 10in x 12in (254 x 254 x 305mm) and can print parts as small as 0.010 to 0.013 in (0.245 to 0.33mm). The Dimension can only accept STL files (a common export format for most 3D programs) and costs approximately $5.00 per cubic inch of model and support material used.

ZCorp ZPrinter 650

The ZPrinter 650 supports full color printing. This system builds parts from the bottom up using a plastic based powder and binder fluid. The binder can be colored to create an infinite array of color possibilities when printing parts.

The ZPrinter 650 can build parts up to 10in x 15in x 8in (254 x 381 x 203mm) and as thin as 0.0035 to 0.004 inches (0.089 to 0.102mm). The ZPrinter has a color resolution of 600 x 540 dpi and can accept STL, VRML and 3DS file formats, although VRML (.wrl) and 3DS (.3ds) are needed for color printing. Our Facility technicians can help to apply simple color schemes to any model prior to printing.

Cost varies greatly based on size and ink used. Our software will provide accurate estimates prior to printing for both printers.