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3D Printing

Our Team here at CPAC have the following equipment for Polymer Manufacturing and Coatings

  1. Photo S (Anycubic, Stereolithography)

3d printer medium size is yellow and white. It also has printed examples of what it is capable of like a person and a tree.

Features Summary

Printing Technology: LCD-based DLP 3D Printer

Light-source: UV integrated light(wavelength 405nm)

XY DPI: 47um (2560*1440)

Y-axis resolution: 1.25um

Layer resolution: 25 ~ 100um

Printing speed: 20mm/h

Rated Power: 50W

Printer size: 230mm*200mm*400mm

Printing volume: 115mm *65mm *165mm (4.52ʺ*2.56ʺ*6.1ʺ)

Printing material: 405nm photosensitive resin

Connectivity: USB Port

Package Weight: 5.9kg

Open-source slicer


2. Photon (Anycubic, Stereolithography) 

black 3d printer medium size with two slides of lime green plates

Features Summary

Printing Technology: LCD-based SLA 3D Printer

Light-source : UV integrated light(wavelength 405nm)

XY DPI: 47um (2560*1440)

Y axis resolution: 1.25um

Layer resolution: 25 ~ 100um

Printing speed: 20mm/h

Rated Power: 40W

Printer size: 220mm*200mm*400mm

Printing volume: 115mm *65mm *155mm (4.52ʺ*2.56ʺ*6.1ʺ)

Printing material: 405nm photosensitive resin

Connectivity: USB Port

Package Weight: 6.6kg


3. Ultimaker 3 (Fused Deposition Modeling)

white 3d printer square shape with loops on the tops of the box

Features summary

The Ultimaker 3 delivers an incredibly reliable 3D printing experience. Its market-leading dual

extrusion system, automatic build plate leveling, NFC spool recognition, and hot-swappable

print cores make it easy to 3D print complex geometries with high uptime and repeatability.

Dual extrusion build volume: up to 197 x 215 x 200 mm (7.8 x 8.5 x 7.9 inches)

Up to 20micron (0.001 inch) layer resolution

Up to 280 °„C nozzle temperature

Open filament system – print with any 2.85 mm material

Award-winning performance according to 3D Hubs, All3DP, Tom's Guide, and more

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4. BCN3D SigmaX (Fused Deposition Modeling)

3d printer purple and black color with cords connecting the front to the back.


Features summary:


Print Technology: FFF

Filament Diameter: 2.85 mm [.1122 in]

Print Head: Independent Dual Extruder system with E3D Hot Ends

Extruders: Bondtech dual drive gears

Nozzle Diameter: 0.4 mm Standard, interchangable from 0.3 mm to 1 mm

Maximum Nozzle Temperature: 290C, 280C maximum printing temperature

Build Volume: 42 x 29.7 x 21 cm [16.53 x 11.69 x 8.27 in]

26,195 cubic centimeters [1,598.06 cubic inches]

Print Surface: Magnetic Borosolicate Glass Surface

Maximum Print Surface Temperature: 100C

Supported Filament Types: Open filament system compatibility

Layer Resolution: 50-500 microns (nozzle dependent)

XY Positioning Precision: 12.5 microns

Z Positioning Precision: 1 micron


Shipping Dimensions: 55 x 79 x 67.4 cm [21.65 x 31.1 x 26.54 in]

Shipping Weight: 24 kg [52.8 lbs]

Printer Dimensions: 67.5 x 44 x 68 cm including cables [18.31 x 17.32 x 26.57 in]

Printer Weight: 18 kg [39.6 lbs]


Connectivity: USB connection and SD card

Electronics: BCN3D Electronics v1.0, Independent Stepper Drivers

Firmware: BCN3D Sigma - Marlin

Operating Interface: Full color capacitive touchscreen

Additional Features: Optional enclosure designed for HEPA filtration (sold separately)


Bundled Software: BCN3D Cura recommended

Supported File Types: STL, OBJ, AMF

Supported OS: MacOS, Windows, Linux


Electrical Input: AC 84-240V, AC 7.6-2.6A, 50-60Hz

Electrical Output: 24V DC, 26A

Power Consumption: 370W

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5. FlashForge Creator Pro Dual Extrusion Open-Sourcing 3D printer (Fused Deposition Modeling)

black 3d printer with blue lights and one cord that connects the printer.

Features Summary

Flashforge Creator Pro Bullet Points:

Sturdy metal frame is substantially more stable than the Creator’s original wood frame.

Warp-resistant 6.3mm aluminum build platform remains perfectly level under the stress of high


New high heat resistant metal platform supports replace plastic supports.

New heavy-duty (10mm) z-axis guide rod ensures steady and precise movement.

New acrylic cover encloses the chamber to insulate and protect ABS prints.

New LED light illuminates the printing area.

New integrated LCD screen and button board functions error-free.

SD slot is repositioned for more convenient access.

Key Specifications:

Printing Technology: FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication)

Build Volume: 227 L X 148 W X 150 H mm; 8.9 X 5.8 X 5.9 in

Layer Resolution: 100~500 microns; 0.0039~0.019 in

Positioning Precision: XY: 11 microns [0.0004 in]; Z: 2.5 microns [0.0001 in]

Extruder Quantity: Two

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6. Original Prusa i3 MK3S kit

 Orange 3d printer has orange wires and an egyptian object as an example of what the printer can do. It also has imagery of hand holding a tool

Features Summary:

MMU 2.0: The new design is automatically refueled by the cutting blade, and only one extruder

can print five materials at the same time (not multiple in and out).

Five kinds of wires are printed at the same time: The second generation of multi-material

extrusion upgrade kit supports five materials for simultaneous loading and printing. In addition

to traditional materials such as ABS, PG and PLA, MMU 2.0 also supports soluble support

materials such as BVOH and PVA.

Short-range extruder: With the improved short-range extrusion mechanism, it is now possible

to load wire more reliably and reduce the amount of material.

Smarter wipes: The new Slic3r PE fully supports the MMU 2.0 upgrade kit, including a new

intelligent wiper tower that hides the rubbing process in the fill and body, saving printing time

and consumables.

New multi-color print control panel: New original imported control board, and the

motherboard firmware can be updated synchronously on Prusa' s official website.

MK3 printer body support: Power failure Broken material detection Elastic hotbed MK52 (just

remove the printing platform after printing, gently bend, you can easily pick up the pieces) Hot

bed automatic leveling Magnetic hotbed without clip-fixing Limit intelligent detection without

limit switch

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7. Hyrel 3D System30

3d printer with light purple lighting with a screen

Features Summary:

Build Volume: X Axis 225 mm, Y Axis 200 mm, Z Axis 200 mm

Positional Accuracy: X Axis +/- 50 microns, Y Axis +/- 50 microns, Z Axis +/- 10 microns

Positional Resolution: X Axis 5 microns, Y Axis 5 microns, Z Axis 1 micron

Chassis & Enclosure: Powder-coated Steel & Anodized Aluminum; Plastic Windows

Motion Control: Precision Ball Screw in Z-axis, IKO Linear Bearing System in X, Y, and Z Axes

Electronics: State-of-the-art 150+ MHz 32-bit ARM processor; Modular, micro-stepping

motor-drivers; Integrated, Dual CAN-bus architecture; “Smooth Move” motion control

technology firmware; Integrated web camera for build area monitoring

Tablet PC: USB: Four USB 2.0 Ports (External); WLAN: WiFi Capable

Hot Flow Heads: MK1-250; MK2-250; MK1-450

Cold / Warm Flow Heads: EMO-25, COD-25; VOL-25, VCD-25; KRA-15, KCD-15

Syringe Heads: SDS-5, CSD-5; SDS-10, CSD-10; SDS-30, CSD-30; SDS-60, CSD-60

Other Heads: Spindle Tool; Lasers; Extra Cooling Fan; Microscope

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FDM: PLA (Polylactic acid), ABS (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene

), Nylon (PA12 and 6/66), blends with chopped carbon fiber, ASA (Acrylonitrile styrene

acrylate), Hips (High Impact Polystyrene), PVA(Polyvinyl Alcohol), BVOH(Butenediol Vinyl

Alcohol Co-polymer), PETG (Polyethylene terephthalate), PC (Polycarbonates), thermoplastic PU

(Polyurethane), PVDF (Polyvinylidene Difluoride), PP (Polypropylene) and others for FDM.


1. Anycubic Plant-based UV Resin. Biodegradable and made from soybean oil, truly ecofriendly.

Optimized curing time for Anycubic Photon, offering better printing quality.

Sensitive to 355nm~405nm UV light. Compatible with most LCD/DLP 3D printers. Multiple

color selection

2. Anycubic UV sensitive Resin. Professional LCD molding resin. Optimize the formation of

LCD low light source and printing efficiency is higher than the market compatible DLP /

LCD / SLA resin. The resin is only designed for the LCD model of the resin, not

recommended DLP or SLA machine. High-speed solidify. This resin ensures the strength of

molded parts and not excessive shrinkage, but also improve print speed, shorten the

curing time and enhance the printing efficiency of LCD machines as much as possible.

Strong adhesion of the model and easy to detach after forming. Not only high success rate

of printing and precision, but also to minimize resin release force and adhesion, so that

the model attached to the forming platform can easily shovel and low viscosity makes it

easier to clean the machine and model. The material is rigid and tough. Strong material in

the shovel model can easily lead to the model fragmentation, but too flexible material will

be prone to the details of the print tensile deformation or fracture, which will affect the

molding accuracy and aesthetics. Model's performance is stable. The resin is stable under

different climatic conditions and is also easy to store, overcoming the shortcomings of

other resins easily damp softening and environmental corrosion