The 3D printing process builds a 3-dimensional object from a digital computer-aided design model, usually by successively adding material layer by layer, which is why it is also known as additive manufacturing. Objects or parts are built in very thin layers, allowing for highly complex geometries that are impossible to achieve via any other manufacturing process.
Based within the Faculty of Technology, our 3D Printing Workshop is used primarily by our School of Mechanical and Design Engineering. It enables students to learn about and complete large and small scale 3D printing and finishing processes, with specialist technical support available throughout.
The 3D printing facilities include:
- 11 mini 3D printing machines, on which students carry out their own design and printing projects
- Two large, industrial 3D printing machines for operation by our workshop technicians
- A digital light processing (DLP) 3D printer, which produces objects by using its light source to solidify liquid resin. This printer is utilised for research projects.
- A smaller 3D printer for experimental tasks as part of research projects
- A finishing area for objects printed in metal
- One spool wire cutting machine, used for cutting an extensive length of wire into shorter pieces
- Cleaning apparatus
- Open-access personal computers
Where to find us
3D Printing Workshop