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Prototyping/Modeling

Business Development

Prototype wheel with bearing on blueprints

The NRRI Additive Manufacturing/Rapid Prototype Lab provides design and prototype services to businesses, industry, entrepreneurs and university researchers. 

Capabilities and Technologies

CAD Design and Modeling

  • Creating 3-D Computer Aided Design (CAD) models from original concepts for additive manufacturing
  • SolidWorks 3-D modeling/CAD software
  • Materialise Magics STL file editing software

Stereolithography (SLA)

  • Equipment: Viper from 3D Systems
  • Minimum Build Layer: standard resolution, 0.1 mm; high resolution, 0.05 mm
  • Beam Diameter: Standard Resolution: 0.25 mm; High Resolution: 0.075 mm
  • Maximum Build Size: 250 x 250 x 250 mm (10 x 10 x 10 in.)
  • Materials: Somos XC11122 Watershed Resin Transparent, water-resistant, high durability

 Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)

  • Equipment: Vanguard Si2 high speed from
  • 3D Systems
  • Minimum Build Layer: 0.1 mm
  • Laser Type: 100 Watt CO2
  • Maximum Build Size: Width 370 x Depth 320 x Height 445 mm (14.5 x 12.5 x 17.5 inches)

Powder Materials:

    • Polyamide 11 (nylon 11) polymer
    • Glass-filled Polyamide 12 (nylon 12) polymer
    • Carbon fiber-filled Polyamide 11 (nylon 11)
    • Duraform Flex, a flexible, rubber-like material

PolyJet

  • Equipment: Stratasys Objet 260 Connex
  • Maximum Build Size:  260 x 260 x 200 mm (10.2 x 10.2 x 7.9 in.)
  • Minimum Build Layer: 16 or 30 microns

Materials Include:

    • Objet Tango, a family of rubber-like flexible materials
    • Objet Vero, a family of rigid materials
    • Two materials can be printed simultaneously to achieve durometers from shore A 27-95

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

  • Equipment: Titan 3-D Printer from Stratasys
  • Width of Extruded Material: 0.25 mm
  • Maximum Build Size: 406 x 355 x 406 mm (16 x 14 x 16 in.)
  • Material: ABS plastic

Our clients include 3Dimensional Resins, 3D Systems, 3M, Advantage Prototype Systems, Agile Manufacturing, Cirrus Design, Digitec, Donaldson Company, General Pattern, Marvin Windows, Queens University, Reptron Manufacturing Services, University of Minnesota, and Vista Technologies. Note: This is only a partial list of clients due to confidentiality agreements.

More information about our Services and Facilities.

Contact:

Lab Manager: Kory Jenkins, kjenkins@d.umn.edu, (218) 788-2761

Machine Shop/Development Lab: Craig Maly, cmaly@d.umn.edu, (218) 788-2627