3D Printer Gets an “Experimental” Twin

In addition to the Makerbot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer described in a previous post, ITEC has acquired a second, “experimental” 3D printer called the Makerbot Replicator 2X. The Makerbot Replicator 2X is not an evil doppelganger of the original, the Lore to Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation or the Frankenstein monster to Dr. Victor Frankenstein (in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein). Instead, it is an updated model that has two “extruders” – in other words, dual 3D “print heads.” The dual extruders can allow you to print three-dimensional objects with two intertwined colors. They also make possible the use of MakerBot Dissolvable Filament as an infill layer to the hard plastic ABS filament. The dissolvable filament allows you to create internal support structures that can be dissolved away using a chemical called Limonene.

Please contact itec if you are interested in using either of our 3D printers for teaching or research.

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