Type of 3D files:
Color files need to be submitted via VRML(.wrl). If you use the color printer but do not print in color you may submit STL(.stl).
Although you can color your models with your own program, to ensure they are printed with the color you want please speak with one of our staff about using the Zedit software. If you wish to apply specific textures or pictures to your model you will need to use the Zedit software, otherwise your model will not print correctly.
Zcorp 650 Color Printer: The part(s) can be no bigger than 10 x 15 x 8 inches and no thinner than .004 inches. Anything thinner is prone to breakage.
Data size limits: We are still testing the file size limits. We can definitely accept anything below 100MB and have had success with files up to 300MB, but we are uncertain how much bigger we can go from there. Please contact us if you have a large file you'd like to try.
Zcorp 650 Color Printer: Cost for anyone associated with the University of Iowa is cost of materials used times 10%. Unfortunately, price of models varies greatly depending on size and ink used. We have a way of determining the exact cost of your model prior to printing. Post-processing binder/sealant costs and additional $4.00 per cu.in. of surface area. Post processing binder provides stronger, more durable models and really helps bring out the color in your models. We can determine this cost as well before printing.
The Statue of Liberty on the gallery page was created in the color printer and finished with sealant. It costs about $150.
To minimize costs:
Send smaller models.
Hollow out solids (you are charged based on the total volume of your 3d model.)
Send only what you can't build by hand.
A charge will not be applied if there are major flaws in the printing due to errors caused by the 3D Printing Facility. However, the charges will be applied if errors are caused by design of the model. It is also important to note that the 3D Printers' main function is to be a proof-of-concept device. This means that both printers will create a 'rough' model of your design to show if there are any major flaws that need to be fixed before going into full-fledged production mode. If minor flaws occur do to the 3D printers that do not interfere with the proof-of-concept function, the models will be considered printed successfully and the customer will be charged appropriately.
We WILL NOT charge if:
The model is unfinished/did not fully print
Model did not print as software indicated
We WILL charge if:
Parts are too fragile and break
Parts break during handling process (does not include gross negligence)
Model contains minor flaws that do not interfere with proof-of-concept function