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Rapid Prototyping Guidelines

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FILE TYPE:
Save CAD file, (rhino, form z, etc.) as an .STL file, (stereolithography)

COST OF PRINTING:
Calculate your build in cubic inches and use the equations below to estimate printing costs:
Z-Corp 310 (powder)  total cubic inches x $5.00=cost of printing
Dimension SST (plastic) total cubic inches x 1.5 x $7.00=cost of printing
Objet 24 (resin) total cubic inches x $12.00=cost of printing
    *remember this is just an estimate.  You will be given your total cost at the time of pickup.  You can check your model volme in Rhino under “Analyze” > “Mass Properties” > “Volume”

SAVING YOUR FILE:
The STL file should be saved in either of these formats:
    -burned to a CD
    -put in the Rapid Prototyping server
    *NO FLASH DRIVES OR EXTERNAL DEVICES-NO EXCEPTION!!

LOCATION OF RAPID PROTOTYPING SERVER:

FOR PC
Start >type “run” in the search bar and hit [enter]
Then type   “ \\acswinserver”
(if prompted for name and password, use your name and password used to login to computers)
Look for Rapid Prototyping folder and select it.
Create a folder for yourself and copy files in to it.

FOR MAC
Go > connect to server > type  “smb://acswinserver”
(if prompted for name and password, use your name and password used to login to computers)
Look for Rapid Prototyping folder and select it.  (cont’d)
Create a folder for yourself and copy files in to it.

PAYMENT:
Fill out an RP envelope, enclose the proper print card amounts (blue card) and submit it to a tech for printing.
Print jobs will not be accepted without the proper print card amounts.
Plan ahead, don’t be caught without enough RP cards, the business office closes at 4:45 pm.

PRINTING TIPS:
Maximum build envelope
      Zcorp310 printer:         8” x 10” x 9” deep
      Dimension SST printer        10” x 10” x 8” deep
      Objet 24 printer            
Separate parts into different files, or space them closely together to conserve space.
Set all file parts onto the zero ground plane.