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At Eureka! Palouse, you're the Maker! You can operate the 3d printers directly, you get to choose the materials, slicer settings, and have full control of your prints. Our volunteers can help you on a 1 on 1 basis, and we also periodically offer 3d printing classes.
There are 3 printers at Eureka! Palouse:
The Lulzbot TAZ 5: This machine has a large 298mm x 275mm x 250mm (11.7” x 10.8” x 9.8”) print area. Slicing is done in the lulzbot edition of Cura. This printer is capable of using PLA, ABS, HIPS, and Nylon filament. It is currently configured with a 0.5mm diameter nozzle. Some documentation on using the TAZ 5 at Eureka! is available here.
The Ekocycle: This machine only has a 152 .40 mm x 152 .40 mm x 152 .40 mm (6” x 6” x 6”) print area, but it is dual extruder. This means you can have 2 colors or two different kinds of filament in your print. Filament selection is limited, however.
The Flashforge Finder: This machine has a 140 mm x 140 mm x 140 H mm (5.5” X 5.5” X 5.5”) print area. This machine produces very accurate prints.
When printing, you must be present for at least the first 5 layers of your print. If a print is going to fail, it is most often due to build platform adhesion, which should become obvious within the first 5 layers.