Processing Team

Processing refers to series of physical and chemical steps required to either create a composite material or manufacture a product. Currently, our Processing Team is focused on 3D Printing with a variety of novel materials, including polypropylene, flexible filaments, extrudable materials, and high-temperature filaments such as PEEK and Ultem.

Our printers also may be outfitted to print with multiple materials at one time—this process is more complicated so please send us an email requesting this service before stopping by.  Alongside printing, we also have a filament extruder used to create our own custom filaments and blends for 3D printing. We are also experimenting with recycling unwanted prints and to create new printing filament. This is a newer capability of our space and further experiments are being done to fully realize the potential of our filament extruder.

The Measurement Team is led by Eli Winterscheidt. Please contact Eli for more information!


Equipment List:

Ultimaker 2+ 3D Printers

Located in Main Lab (167)

SOP: Ultimaker 2+

Ultimaker 2+ printers use FDM technology for 3D printing. It is perfect for prototypes in PLA and ABS material. It also can create support material for overhanging parts.

Hyrel 3D Printers

Located in Main Lab (167) & Processing Lab (150)

SOP: Hyrel 3D printer MILL SOP

Hyrel 3D printers can print a large range of materials.  The Repetrel control software allows for great flexibility in varying processing parameters.  Print in just one material, or experiment with combinations; the heads are modular and each printer can support up to four heads at once.

Prusa i3 3D Printers

Located in Main Lab (167)

SOP: Prusa i3 MK3S

Prusa i3 is an FDM printer for 3D printing. It has a maximum print temperature of 300ºC so it is capable of a range of higher temperature materials. It has great reliability and produces higher resolution prints.

Dimension 3D Printer

Located in Processing Lab (150)

The Dimension 1200es is a large 3D printer for ABS filaments which uses soluble support technology (SST). By printing the main structure in ABS and all support structueres in PLA, supports can later be dissolved in a lye bath to yield a clean product.

Prusa Resin Printer

Located in Main Lab (164)

SOP: Prusa SL1 & CW1

The Prusa Resin Printer implements stereolithography (SLA) printing by curing layers of thermoset resin using UV light.

Granulator

Located in Main Lab (164)

Granulator used by the MILL to break down old 3D prints into smaller pieces so that the material can be recycled using the filament extruder in Love 150.

Filament Extruder

Located in Processing Lab (150)

SOP: Filabot Filament Extruder

Ever formulated your own 3D printing filament?  Now at the MILL, you can. The Filabot filament extruder allows for variation in extrusion speed.  Can achieve tolerances of +/- 0.05 mm at a rate of 2 lbs an hour. Formulate and extrude your own filament, and print with it on the Hyrel 3D printers.

Glass Kiln

Located in Main Lab (174)

SOP: Paragon Fusion CS14D Glass Kiln

Our glass kilns are used by the Science of Art team for glass fusing projects and events. Learn more about SOA here.

Vinyl Cutter

Located in Main Lab (164)

SOP: Brother CM350 ScanNCut Vinyl Cutter

The vinyl cutter turns user-generated patterns and designs into vinyl prints, and is featured in Science of Art sticker events throughout each semester!

Sewing Machine

Located in Main Lab (164)

SOP: Brother SQ9185 Sewing Machine

Our sewing machine was recently acquired for our Textiles L&D team! Read more about them here.

Embroidery Machine

Located in Main Lab (164)

SOP: Brother PE800 Embroidery Machine

Our embroidery machine was recently acquired for our Textiles L&D team! Read more about them here.

Screen Printer

Located in Main Lab (174)

Heat Press

Located in Main Lab (174)

The F2C Pro heat press is used to stamp designs onto various textiles, including t-shirts. It is commonly used in conjuction with our screen printer. If interested in using this piece of equipment, please contact the processing team CTO.

Liquid Nitrogen Generator

Located in Microscopy Lab (157)

The elan2 liquid nitrogen generator is a compact LN2 system wil two 25L dewars available for storage. If interested in using this piece of equipment, please contact the processing team CTO.

Rolling Ball Mill

Located in Ceramics Lab (369)

Use the MILL’s US Stoneware rolling ball mill for comminution. This has a variety of applications in powder processing where smaller powder sizes may be preferable for solid state diffusion. If interested in using this piece of equipment, please contact the processing team CTO.

Planetary Ball Mill

Located in Ceramics Lab (369)

SOP: Across International PQ-N04 Planetary Ball MILL

The Across International planetary ball mill is used when even finer particle sizes are necessary when compared to our rolling ball mill. If interested in using this piece of equipment, please contact the processing team CTO.

Uniaxial Press

Located in Ceramics Lab (369)

Use the MILL’s uniaxial press to sinter a ceramic or cut a piece of material using a die.  The plates of the press can be heated to a user-specified temperature. If interested in using this piece of equipment, please contact the processing team CTO.