The CTSC 3-D Printing Core Facility is a service available to students and faculty members throughout our partner institutions. To date, we have printed over hundreds of models, including medical device prototypes, anatomical models, surgical training models, and patient education tools. The core consists of three commercial-grade 3-D printers as well as a 3-D scanner and computers with a variety of design software. In addition to the 3-D printing services, the core hosts educational courses and workshops to teach the principles of 3-D printing and awards seed funding to provide translational researchers with 3-D printing technology in order to rapidly develop novel biomedical products with applications for improving human health.
|Computer-Aided Design Software||3-D Doctor, Sketch Up, Autodesk Inventor, SolidWorks, Spaceclaim, 3D Slicer, Fusion 360|
|Creaform GO!SCAN 3-D Scanner||User friendly, Portable, weighs 2.1 lbs., 0.5mm Resolution, scans in color, real time visualization, outputs in usable scan files|
|Stratasys Fortus 250mc 3-D Printer (FDM)||• Material: ABS plus-P430 • Max build size (XYZ): 254 x 254 x 305 mm (10 x 10 x 12 in.) • Layer thicknesses: 0.013 inch (0.330 mm) 0.010 inch (0.254 mm) 0.007 inch (0.178 mm) • Available colors: Ivory, black, blue, dark grey, fluorescent yellow, nectarine, red, and white|
|Stratasys uPrint 3-D Printer (FDM)||• Model material: ABS plus in ivory • Max build size: 203 x 152 x 152 mm (8 x 6 x 6 in.) • Layer thickness: .254 mm (.010 in.)|
|Formlabs Form 2 (SLA)||• Model Material: Photopolymer Resin including standard, flexible, dental, and clear • Max build size: 145 × 145 × 175 mm (5.7 × 5.7 × 6.9 in.) • Layer thickness: 25, 50, 100, 200 microns (0.001, 0.002, 0.004, 0.008 in.)|
How does 3-D printing work?
3-D Printing takes digital files (.stl) and turns them into physical products. It is often referred to as additive manufacturing, as the product is built up layer by layer using extruded ABS plastic or by UV laser which it solidifies Resin.
I have an idea - can you design it for me?
The CTSC 3D Printing Core Laboratory offers design services and our community is full of experienced designers!
How long does it take to print a model?
This is one of those questions that isn't easy to answer, as there are a lot of factors involved in printing a model such as preprocessing, printing, support removal and drying. Theoretically, a simple small model could be printed in minutes, while a large and complex model could be in development for many days.
How can I check the status of my 3-D model?
When your model is complete you will receive an email stating “Your 3-D model is complete and is ready for pick up”. If the matter is urgent you may find out the status of your 3-D model by contacting Dr. Glen He at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-746-6534.