The NExT Lab is home to two Makerbot Labs Experimental Extruders which can be used to print using Custom Materials.
The pricing for requests/projects using the experimental extruder differ to regular pricing.
Come in and talk with us if you have any questions about other materials. We are unable to process requests using flexible filaments. Book a consultation if you would like a more in depth chat.
The Experimental Extruder is also capable of printing with a draft nozzle. Book a consultation with us if you have any questions about using the draft nozzle.
Special filaments such as ColorFabb require the use of a stainless steel (abrasion-resistant) nozzle. This nozzle is slightly larger than usual: 0.6 mm in diameter compared to 0.4 mm.
With this in mind, roof and floor thicknesses should be changed to multiples of 0.6 mm (1.8 mm is ideal)
We recommend increasing the number of shells to 3 in order to create less-fragile parts.
We recommend increasing the infill density to 20% in order to create less-fragile parts.
We recommend designing objects that do not require support material as most Special Filaments are unsuitable as support material.
When processing jobs using the experimental extruder:
a $10.00 flat fee is charged per print.
8 hour restrictions are still in place
Students will provide their own material.
We will require some extra material to test custom settings.
Custom Settings are available for download here: