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 Love 167

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 Love 150 & 167

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 Love 167

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

Prusa Resin Printer

Located in Love 167

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

Filament Extruder

Located in Love 150

Filabot Filament Extruder MILL SOP

Ever formulated your own 3D printing filament?  Now at the MILL, you can. The EX2 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.

Hot Plates

Located in Love 169

Used to quickly heat samples or heat reaction vessels (more so in LOVE 369). There are a variety of hot plates at the MILL with extended temperature ranges that can be useful in a variety of applications.

Granulator

Located in Love 167

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

Vinyl Cutter

Located in Love 167

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

Sewing Machine

Located in Love 167

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

Embroidery Machine

Located in Love 167

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

Uni-axial Press

Located in Love 369

Use the MILL’s uni-axial 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.

Rolling (Ball) Mill

Located in Love 369

Use the MILL’s 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.