3D Printer

3D Printer

Model making in the printing process

© Foto: Julian Martitz

The AIDA department has had a powder-based (ZPrinter 650) since 2009 and two FDM-based 3D printers (Makerbot Replicator 5th Generation and Replicator Z18) since 2015. These printers enable CAD-generated models to be plotted three-dimensionally and true to scale (rapid prototyping).

  • Verfügbare 3D-Drucker

    ZPrinter 650

    The ZPrinter 650 uses a powder-based rapid prototyping process that applies layers of powder 0.1 mm thick and applies binder using inkjet printing. The model is thus created as the addition of a large number of horizontal cross sections.


    Makerbot Replicator 5.Generation und Replicator Z18

    The printers 'Makerbot Replicator 5th Generation' and 'Replicator Z18' work according to the manufacturing process "Fused Deposition Modeling" (FDM). Both the Makerbot Replicator and the MakerBot Replicator Z18 generate three-dimensional objects from molten PLA filament. Both printers melt wire-shaped PLA filament and apply it layer by layer (layer thickness min. 0.1 mm) by extruding it through a nozzle onto the building platform.

  • File formats

    printer 650

    .stl, .vrml

    Makerbot Replicator 5.Generation und Replicator Z18

    .stl, .obj

  • Prices

    The prices depend on the size and complexity of the model.

    They consist of a processing fee, material consumption and post-processing.
    Exact details can be given once the print file (stl, vrml, zcorp) is available. Requests for this are best sent by e-mail to:

  • Postprocessing

    ZPrinter 650

    The printed model is usually chemically finished for increased strength. The so-called infiltration is carried out with epoxy resin.


    Makerbot Replicator 5.Generation und Replicator Z18

    The printed model acquires a high degree of strength through subsequent cooling and requires no further processing.

  • Model dimensions

    ZPrinter 650

    The modelling space measures 38 x 25 x 20 cm (Breite x Tiefe x Höhe).


    Makerbot Replicator 5.Generation

    The modelling space measures  17,9 x 23,2 x 13,0 cm (Breite x Tiefe x Höhe).


    Replicator Z18

    The modelling space measures  27,5x 27,5 x 42,7 cm (Breite x Tiefe x Höhe).


    overall informations

    Models that exceed these dimensions can/must be modelled in parts, printed and assembled accordingly.