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Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

Where Science Meets Society

Core Facilities

Form 2 Desktop 3D printer

The Form 2 Desktop 3D printer is able to deliver large prints with incredible resolution. The method used by the majority of 3D printers, fused deposition modeling (FDM), first melts the plastic, then uses a nozzle extruder to print each layer with the molten plastic. The stereolithography (SLA) technology used by the Form 2 directs a 250mW precision laser across a tray of liquid resin causing a thin layer to solidify. This chemical reaction allows for the creation of water-tight prints and is why SLA is the gold standard for accuracy and resolution in 3D printing.

Examples of Prints

Ribosome

Ribosome

 

Pollen

Pollen

 

Fossil Skull

Fossil Skull

 

Fossil Pollen

Fossil Pollen

 

Pollen

Pollen

 

Requesting a Print:

  • File must be in .stl or .czi format
  • Maximum dimensions: 145cm X 145cm X 175cm
    • Specify approximate dimensions with your request
  • Specify color (black, white, clear)
  • Contact: Kate Janssen (217) 300-5904
  • Fees:
    • $20 Set-up
    • Resin:    $.19 per ml
    • Instrument:        $2.00 per hour build time

Instrument Information:

  • Manufacturer: FormLabs
  • Equipment Model: Form 2
  • Location: IGB 124