3D Printing at the TSC

TSC 3D Printing

The Technical Service Center now has a 3D printer available for use by all CEPS faculty, staff and Students.   However we would be happy to help others  as well if time and resources permit.  The printer is an NVPro unit  manufactured by NVBots and located in the TSC central office in Kingsbury Hall S178. 

Printer Technical Specifications are :

  • Build Area: 7.5″ x 8″
  • Build Height: 9.5″
  • Layer Resolution: 100 microns
  • Material: PLA filament
  • Printer Dimensions: 21″ x 23″ x 31″
  • Printing Speed: 50 mm/s – 180 mm/s
  • Technology: FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication)

 

How much does it cost to print projects?

At this time, we are happy to be able to provide 3D printing at no cost to CEPS student projects pending approval from their professor or advisor. Grant funded, personal or non CEPS related print jobs will be charged based amount of material used.  This cost will be 6 cents per gram of material used for the project as calculated by the NVBots system.    If a part fails to print we will contact you to let you know.   There will be no charge for failed print jobs but we will work with you and make suggestions for changes that will make it printable. 

Can I see my print job in progress?

Yes our printer has an icloud base management system which  includes a web camera.  Upon signing up and creating your account you will have access to view the 3D printer live as it is printing out projects via the NVBots Dashboard

What colors are available?

We are limited to what color filament loaded on the printers spool.  Typically we have blue loaded but occasionally Red, Grey  and even Purple may be loaded.  If you want a particular color, which is not, loaded we may be able to accommodate your request but it would have to wait for a free time on the printer queue.

If you’d like to view or use the 3D printer please use our online link to registrar. 

How it works:

  1. Fill out the online registration form (3D Registration Form)
  2. You will receive an email (typically within 24 hours on weekdays) with an invitation to join the NVBots University of New Hampshire community.
  3. Create your NVBots account

To submit a project

  1. Sign on to the NVBots printer dashboard
  2. Click on “Upload” in the upper navigation bar
  3. Click on the “ Upload a Part” button in the middle of the screen.
  4. Browse to your STL file on your machine and click “Open”
  5. Complete your print settings including the supports and infill options
  6. Press “ Submit”

Your print job will be sent to our printer managers for approval.  An email will be sent to your advisor or professor indicate in your registration form where they will be asked to approve of the print job.  Upon receipt of the approval, the print manager will review the part quickly and approve it to move into the queue of print jobs or send it back to you if there are problems.  You will receive an email when the print job is done and you can come to Kingsbury S178 to pick it up.

Recommended Tips for 3D printing

Our 3D printer is very user friendly but there are tips that will help make sure your project will print out smoothly.  All files submitted must be in an STL file format.  There are several  features including fill density and variouse option for top, bottom and side layers that you can select or just use the standard recommended settings.     We strongly recommend viewing the Getting Started with 3D Printing guide from the NVBots web page which goes through each of the settings.

TSC 3D Printing online registration form

If you have any other question please contact the TSC Director , Kevan Carpenter at kevan.carpenter@unh.edu