our 3d printer
Our 3D printer was built at the tool library by our Tool Maintenance Officer and volunteers using an open source design. Our printer has a current build volume of 200x300x300mm which can be expanded to 300x300x300mm to accomodate a range of designs. To print, we use recycled Polyacticacid (PLA) and recycled Polyethylene terephthalate glycol-modified (PETG). PLA is starch derived an is biodegradable as well as recycled, and PETG is 90% recycled and 10% virgin. We use open source Marlin firmware to print models available though a range of online platforms.
What we print
Thanks to our printer, we are able to make parts for tools and equipment that we are unable to purchase elsewhere. This allows us to repair and reuse tools and equipment which would have previously been recycled or sent to landfill.
We are also taking enquiries for our 3D printing service and welcome enquiries. Our pricing system is as follows: 200 microns layer height (0.2mm, medium resolution) = 30p per cm3.