The Z-Corp Spectrum 510 3D printer uses a specialty powder and a weak binder, or glue, to create parts in its 10” x 14” x 8” build envelope. Because the Z-Corp builds the object layer by layer, it is capable of producing complex and organic shapes, as well as linked and fully assembled parts, such as chains, gear-boxes, curved tubes and bottles – essentially any form imaginable.
To request contract printing services:
Submit your design through our quotes form. (See the File Setup guidelines below).
We will estimate job setup and material costs based upon cubic inches of material needed to produce your part(s) and will then provide a quote for your approval.
Upon approval, we will print your job and notify you when the items are ready for pickup.
Please include the following information in your request:
A file containing the geometry to be printed, at 1:1 scale (see the file setup guidelines);
The date parts are needed by - typical job turnaround is 2-3 business days depending on the job size, complexity and post-processing time. Rush service may be available for a fee.
Object size: The build bed is 10” x 14” x 8”. We can digitally split larger parts for printing, then assemble them in a post-processing operation.
Layer Thickness: 0.0035 in.
Objects need to be modeled as a solid object - this means that the outer surface of the object needs to be closed and water-tight. The object should also be able to support it’s own weight in the real world - the glue used in the printing process is fairly weak, so thin parts may break before infiltration can be completed. If you have any concerns, contact a staff member for more information.
Dimensions: Please check your file size when creating the part and again after exporting the file.
Orientation: there will be slightly visible lines (cross-section lines) in your completed part as a result of the layer-by-layer printing process. Think about which direction these should run along your part. Generally parts are stronger in the horizontal direction (the same direction as the lines).
The Z-Corp Spectrum uses a plaster-like powder (call ZP-150), which can be dyed to a variety of colors during the printing process. At this time, this is the only material we will be using with this machine, although others are available.
Acceptable file formats
.stl (STL), .3ds (3ds Max), .vrml (VRML), .ply (PLY), .3dm (Rhinoceros 4), .SLDPRT/.SLDASM (SolidWorks Parts and Assemblies), .zpr (Z-Print)
If your file format is not listed, contact a staff member for more information before simply converting from one format to another, as some formats are better than other and file conversion can introduce errors.
Once your part is removed from the build bed, excess powder will be brushed off and the print will be cleaned with a stream of air. Once cleaned it can be sanded, drilled, and adjusted as you see fit, but it may still be somewhat fragile. The object can then be either left alone or infiltrated. Infiltration will harden the piece for durability and testing. The object can then be touched up and painted to get a large range of finishes. Please note that infiltration can cause parts to swell slightly, so you may need to take this into account, depending on your tolerance requirements.
Optional Additional Services
NextFab Studio offers file preparation services if you are unable to do the setup yourself.
Pricing / Payment Terms
Pricing for Spectrum Z510 3D printing is determined by the amount of raw material used and the labor required for file preparation, job setup, and post-processing. The amount of material used will depend on the dimensions of the object, and your choice of interior fill. Very large and/or delicate objects may require significant labor in job setup and post-processing. The Job Setup / Post-Processing fees include verifying and processing your file, preparing the machine for the job, post-process cleanup, and labor for infiltration (if desired) of your object.
Pricing for 3D printed parts is based on the volume of material used and the quantity of infiltrant needed to harden the part.