Making use of the innovative facilities of the new MakerWing of Hamerschlag Hall, the NextManufacturing Center is working toward the widespread adoption of additive manufacturing technology. Details about the equipment, including costs for using it, are included below. 

Arcam AB S12 - Electron Beam Melting (EBM) - for Ti6Al4V

The Arcam EBM machines utilize a high power electron beam that generates the energy needed for high melting capacity and high productivity. The Arcam EBM process takes place in vacuum and at high temperature, resulting in stress relieved components with material properties better than cast and comparable to wrought material.

Description and Technical Data (PDF)

Rates:
CMU customer: $193/hour of build time + material cost
Non-CMU customer: $340/hour of build time + material cost

Material Cost:
$200/kg Ti6Al4V
[Total material use = actual material use (after weighing the part) + 5% for the lost material]

Contact:
Sandra DeVincent Wolf

 

EOS M 290 - Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) - for various metals

The EOS M 290 utilizes a 400 watt fiber laser that generates the energy needed for sintering metal powder. The DMLS process takes place in protective nitrogen as well as argon atmospheres (depending on material). EOS M 290 supports processing for a wide range of materials: from light metals to stainless and tool steels to superalloys. Full control over the parameter set gives freedom to modify power, velocity, etc. of the laser beam to meet individual requirements.

Description and Technical Data (PDF) | Materials Pricing Guide

Rates:
CMU customer: $124/hour of build time + material cost
Non-CMU customer: $228/hour of build time + material cost

Material Cost:
Variable (please see Materials Pricing Guide for latest rates)
[Total material use = actual material use (estimated by EOS software) + 10% for the lost material]

Contact:
Sandra DeVincent Wolf

 

ExOne Innovent - Indirect Metal Binder Jetting - for various metals and ceramics

The Innovent utilizes binder jetting technology in which a liquid binding agent is selectively deposited to join powder particles. Layers of material are then bonded to form an object. The post-processing required includes curing, depowdering, and sintering. Binder jetting is capable of printing a variety of materials including metals such as stainless steel, iron, bronze, tungsten, IN 625, as well as sands, glasses and ceramics.

Description and Technical Data (PDF) | Materials

Rates: CMU customer: $37/hour of build time + material cost
Non-CMU customer: $86/hour of build time + material cost

Material Cost:
Estimated to be $0.39cmx part volume (cm3) for bronze infiltrated stainless steel

Contact:
Sandra DeVincent Wolf

 

Objet Connex 350 - for polymers and plastics

The Objet Connex 350 material jetting system is based on Objet's Polyjet Matrix Technology, which jets multiple model materials simultaneously and creates composite Digital Materials on the fly.

Description and Technical Data (PDF) | Materials Pricing Guide

Rates:
CMU customer: $52/hour of build time + material cost
Non-CMU customer: $84.76/hour of build time + material cost

Material Cost:
Variable (please see the Materials Pricing Guide for latest rates)
[Total material use = actual material use (estimated by Objet software)]

Contact:
Burak Ozdoganlar 
Department of Mechanical Engineering