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How the printer works.
Last Updated: 04/29/2011

Our 3D printer builds functional 3D models starting from the bottom one layer at a time, each layer is only 0.01 of an inch thick. It prints a tough, durable ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) plastic. An STL files is imported into the Software which automatically slices the part with hundreds of thousands of triangles, orients the parts and creates any necessary support structures.

The software automatically plots a precise tool path for Dimension to follow. ABS plastic in a string like form loaded in by cartridges is fed into an extrusion head that is heated to 300°F turning into a semi-liquid state and accurately deposited in layers as fine as 0.007-inch (0.178 mm) thick. Our software automatically determines when and where to deposit ABS or support material throughout the build process. After completion of the build, we then place the part in a Sodium Hydroxide solution that will dissolve any support material.

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